Grapevine & Wine 05/05/2011

Grapefruit have an affect on dropping weight

Researchers at Vanderbilt University found that obese adults who consumed half a grapefruit, a few half-cup (4.5 ounces) of one hundred pc grapefruit juice or about a half-cup (4.5 ounces) of water before three major meals, while on a lowered-calorie food regimen, skilled important decreases in weight, body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference. Following the 14-week study, participants skilled a median weight lack of 7.1 p.c of their preliminary physique weight. This translates to a mean of about 15 pounds per person.

"There's typically a misconception that 100% fruit juice needs to be omitted by these on a weight reduction plan," says Heidi J. Silver, PhD, RD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt Middle for Human Nutrition. "However, this study reveals that consumption of a half-cup of 100% grapefruit juice led to similar weight reduction outcomes as those who chose recent grapefruit or water as a pre-meal snack thrice daily. As with all food or beverage, it is all about moderation while on a weight loss plan."

Advantages of Grapefruit and Grapefruit Juice Consumption Go Beyond Weight Loss

Whereas the research exhibits that participants who consumed a serving of grapefruit or one hundred pc grapefruit juice earlier than meals misplaced the same average weight as those who drank water, these people experienced additional potentially vital advantages not reported within the water-consuming group:
- Increase in HDL cholesterol - Contributors who ate half a grapefruit or drank a half-cup of grapefruit juice skilled a significant increase in HDL ldl cholesterol, also known as "good" ldl cholesterol - the magnitude of improve in HDL-C may have significant cardiovascular benefits.
- Decrease in appetite - Those who loved a couple of half-cup of grapefruit juice as their pre-meal snack reported a major lower in appetite.
- Enhance in key nutrient consumption - Daily consumption of fresh grapefruit or 100 percent grapefruit juice also led to a big enhance in vitamin C intake. Moreover, those who ate half a grapefruit as their pre-meal snack had the extra advantage of accelerating their fiber intake.

"These findings are noteworthy given that dietary fiber and vitamin C are generally below-consumed by the U.S. population," provides Gail Rampersaud, MS, RD, LDN, Assistant in Diet Research and Schooling, College of Florida. "Quite often, people inadvertently reduce nutrient consumption whereas on a weight loss plan. Grapefruit and 100% grapefruit juice are nutrient-rich, making regular consumption an ideal and handy method to get hold of essential nutritional vitamins and minerals whereas maintaining a healthy, lowered-calorie diet."

di S. C.