Sometimes it is necessary to eliminate excess body fat massively and urgently. This is one of the times when grapefruit can come to the rescue.
The slightly bitter taste of a grapefruit’s pith may be the reason why it is not as popular as orange or tangerine. The humble — and sometimes ignored — grapefruit is known to offer numerous benefits to people who are in a position to opt for accelerated and lasting weight reduction.
Grapefruit is not related to grapes, even though the two fruits may at times co-mingle in a so-called fruit salad on special occasions.
A nutritional analysis of grapefruit shows its chemical composition as follows:
- Water: 90 gr / 100 gr (3.5 oz)
- Dietary fiber: 1.1 gr
- Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C): 40%
- Thiamine (Vitamin B1): 0.037 mg or 3%
- Niacin (Vitamin B3): 0.269 mg or 2%
- Potassium: 148 mg or 3%
- Calcium: 12 mg or 1%
- Magnesium: 9 mg or 3%
- Zinc: 0.07 mg or 1%
Additionally, grapefruit is rich in healing phytochemicals and compounds such as isoflavones, anthocyanidins, as well as furocoumarins in the peels. Such compounds act as anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial agents.
All of the above components account for a grapefruit’s ability to detoxify the body, help reduce toxic fats, accelerate cellular repair, and support immunity.
Words of caution:
- It is advisable to eat grapefruit raw rather than cooked.
- Grapefruit is best when eaten alone. On some occasions, it can be mixed with other citrus fruits.
- It can be counterproductive to juice grapefruit or put it in salads because of a possible clash with different enzymes that may cause certain nutrients to just cancel each other’s bioactivity. In consideration of a matter of enzymatic balance, under no circumstances should grapefruit be mixed with sweet or non-acidic fruits such as bananas.
- Avoid ingesting grapefruit with dairy products. A mixing initiative could end up causing unfortunate side effects.
- If on hypertension medication and/or any type of pharmaceutical drugs for various conditions, it is essential to consult with the prescribing physician about potential adverse reactions between grapefruit and medications.
In the kingdom of citrus, grapefruit ranks high. It is most likely revered as royalty, judging by the fact it is a fruit that has its own dedicated utensils, e.g. “grapefruit fork” and “grapefruit spoon”. This is perhaps due to the fact that besides being a nutritionally advanced fruit, grapefruit offers an added benefit to its users: mood upliftment due to the beneficial compounds and volatile oils in its zest. When used wisely, regularly, and consistently, grapefruit can yield some rapidly measurable results with weight reduction.
Sri Regine Lherisson-Bey, Ph.D. and doctorate degree candidate in Natural Medicine, is a Mind-Body Therapist, Wellness Coach, and published Author voted Wellness Expert by peer consensus in 2005. Therapist Lherisson-Bey is the author of the Kindle bestseller HOW TO DETOXIFY YOUR LIFE NATURALLY as well as the weight management program GET SLIM EFFORTLESSLY. From an original CD, the publication has evolved into an instructional picture book, an eBook, and an effective weight management program. Therapist Lherisson-Bey’s works have been featured on TV, radio, and in several magazines in the past 30 years.
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