Get Fit for Summer! Grapefruit's Weight-Loss Benefits

Get Fit For Summer!

Friday at last, the last day of first week of Get Fit For Summer! We've told you about Wild Salmon's weight-loss benefits, Anti-Cancer foods, Top 5 Healthy Sauces, and Coconut Oil versus Butter. Today's featured food, grapefruit, is not only delicious, it has potential weight loss benefits, too!

Grapefruit most most likely began as a hybrid between the orange and the pomelo. During the 18th century, the grapefruit was called the shaddock, but the clusters of fruit on the tree lead to its modern name. Red grapefruits appeared in the 1930s, when the "Ruby Red" grapefruit became commercially successful.

Grapefruit is a great choice for weight loss, because it has lots of soluble fiber and is low on calories. That means you can eat a lot of the sweet-tart fruit, feel full and satiated, and not gain weight. Better yet, grapefruit is full of vitamin C and antioxidants. From flavonoids to limonoids, grapefruits help neutralize free radicals and might prevent cancers.

You may have heard of the Grapefruit Diet, which intensely restricts food. Instead of making a drastic change, just eat a grapefruit a couple of times a week.

For a quick afternoon snack, just peel a grapefruit and eat like an orange-or for something a little more elaborate, combine with Greek yogurt for a dose of protein. Grapefruit is a nice addition to cocktails, too. This weekend, mix some freshly squeezed grapefruit juice into Grapefruit Bourbon Sours, a delicious and healthy alternative to other cocktail choices.

Note: Grapefruits are not safe to eat if you are on certain medications. Ask your doctor if you have a concern about medication interaction.

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