Eating Grapefruit Really Does Help Weight Loss

Early results from US researchers suggests that eating grapefruit really does help people lose weight, and could help reduce the risk of developing diabetes. The study centered on an experiment involving 100 obese people. The group who ate half a grapefruit with each meal lost an average of 3.6 lb (1.6kg) over twelve weeks, compared with a placebo group who lost an average 0.5lb (0.2kg). Some patients lost as much as 10lbs. After the meal, the “grapefruit groups” also had reduced levels of insulin, the hormone which enables the body to metabolise sugars. Glucose levels were also lower, suggesting a more efficient sugar metabolism.From the Society of Chemical Industry:Eating Grapefruit Does Help Weight Loss, Could Prevent Diabetes

Early results from US researchers suggests that eating grapefruit really does help people lose weight, and could help reduce the risk of developing diabetes. Writing in Chemistry & Industry Magazine, Marina Murphy reports on a pilot study of one hundred obese patients at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego. The group who ate half a grapefruit with each meal lost an average of 3.6 lb (1.6kg) over twelve weeks, compared with a placebo group who lost an average 0.5lb (0.2kg). Some patients lost as much as 10lbs. After the meal, the “grapefruit groups” also had reduced levels of insulin, the hormone which enables the body to metabolise sugars. Glucose levels were also lower, suggesting a more efficient sugar metabolism.

“This is the first study linking grapefruit with reduced insulin levels,” says Ken Fujioka who led the group. The researchers say the weight loss is likely to be linked to the lower insulin level, and are considering future research to investigate whether this will be of use in diabetes prevention and treatment.

“This could be a potentially exciting discovery? we’ll be following any further research in this area closely” – Diabetes UK

Grapefruit is already known to affect the metabolism of some drugs. It improves the efficiency of common oral medications such as those taken for blood pressure, sedatives and some immuno-suppressants.

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23 COMMENTS

  1. Grapefruit can dangerously increase the amount of the medication reching the blood stream. Medications for heart and liver transplants. Also Cholesterol medications on the body had an effect when tested with grapefruit juice. It is recommended that individuals taking these drugs stay awat from consuming grapefruit.

  2. How does eating grapefruit affect some medications? I am on a lot of medications for heart, since I had heart surgery. Thank you , Margaret

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