Grapefruit—nutritious but no miracle fat-burner: Real Healthy
Remember the Grapefruit Diet? Proponents of this popular fad claimed grapefruit contains a special compound that triggered fat-burning and weight loss. All you had to do was eat a half-grapefruit before every meal, and the pounds would just melt away! (Well, you also had to cut your meal sizes in half and exercise every day, but let’s not quibble over the details.)
Deep down, we all know that there are no miracle foods that burn fat, don’t we? But just in case you were hanging on to that hope, a new study puts the grapefruit diet myth to rest once and for all. Although cutting back on portion sizes and high-calorie foods will definitely lead to weight loss, eating a grapefruit with every meal won’t speed the process.
That said, grapefruits are low in calories and sugar and high in vitamin C and fiber. They’re also delicious — especially when paired with contrasting flavors and textures, such as in this classic avocado and grapefruit salad. This particular combo also offers a skin-saving bonus. The combination of vitamin C (from grapefruit) and vitamin E (from avocado) protects the skin from damaging and aging effects of UV rays — from the inside!
One last caveat: Although it doesn’t posses a miraculous fat-burning ingredient, grapefruit does contain a compound that slows the enzymatic breakdown of certain medications — especially cholesterol-lowering drugs. If you take any regular medications, be sure to check with your pharmacist or doctor to confirm that it’s okay for you to include grapefruit or grapefruit juice in your diet. Then check out some of these fantastic ideas:
Don’t just think “breakfast” for grapefruit, here in a sauce that works wonders on trout.
The pretty plate will cause a sensation when set out on a summer table for lunch or dinner.
All the components in the sassy little salad can be made ahead and combined just before serving.
Grapefruit takes the spicy flavors of a classic Thai satay and elevates them with citrus notes.
Get Your Vitamin C on with these great grapefruit recipes!