Dieters have been munching on grapefruit and extolling its virtue as a weight-loss aid for decades, but are those claims fact or just another dieting myth? Happily for fans of this sweet but tangy Florida citrus fruit, the weight-loss claims attributed to eating fresh Florida grapefruit are TRUE!
“Even if you changed nothing else about your diet, eating half a grapefruit before each meal may help you lose up to a pound a week!” Health.com said in naming grapefruit one of the Best Superfoods for Weight Loss.
Fresh-picked Florida Grapefruit packs a triple punch when it comes to weight loss:
1. Grapefruit contain a natural compound that lowers insulin. Since insulin helps your body store fat, reducing this hormone also reduces fat storage which can lead to weight loss.
2. Providing nearly 2 grams of protein, or 4% of the recommended daily value, fresh grapefruit are a good protein source. And because grapefruit are low in calories and fat and sodium- and cholesterol-free, they are also a healthy protein source. (Click for a complete nutritional analysis of grapefruit.)
3. About 90% water and high in fiber, grapefruit help fill you up quickly so you eat less.
Dieters who complain about grapefruit’s tart taste simply haven’t tried Florida Marsh White Grapefruit. Marsh Whites have a sweet, mild flavor with just a hint of tasty tanginess that makes this citrus favorite a wonderfully refreshing mid-day snack or healthy addition to mealtimes. Dieting never tasted so good!
Grapefruit are a relatively recent arrival on the Florida citrus scene. Botanists believe grapefruit to be a natural cross between an orange tree and a pummelo which were brought from Malaysia and planted in the West Indies in the late 17th century. The exotic new fruit were named for the way the fruit grows, in hanging, grape-like clusters. The first grapefruit seedlings did not arrive in Florida until the early 1800s. In the 1860s, the first golden-skinned, seedless Marsh White Grapefruit was cultivated in Lakeland, Florida. Its superior flavor quickly made the Marsh White the most cultivated grapefruit variety in the state.