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Health Benefits of Grapefruit

Health Benefits of Grapefruit

Summary: Like other fruits, grapefruits contain few calories but lots of nutrients that are beneficial to the human body and may even aid in losing weight, if they are properly integrated in a healthy diet.

Grapefruits are full of healthful nutrients that are beneficial to our bodies in different ways.

Like other fruits, grapefruits contain few calories but lots of nutrients that are beneficial to the human body and may even aid in losing weight, if they are properly integrated in a healthy diet.

An average grapefruit contains approximately 104 calories, 26 grams of carbs, 2 grams of protein, no fat, no sodium, and no cholesterol.

One grapefruit will supply you with 64% of your daily Vitamin C needs, 28% of your Vitamin A needs, 2% of calcium needs, and 2% of magnesium needs.

Grapefruits are also powerful antioxidants and contain traces of other nutrients such as thiamin, Vitamin E, zinc, copper and potassium.

Health benefits of grapefruit:

Weight loss

Consuming grapefruit will not miraculously make you lose weight, but it will help you in getting there if you include it in a healthy diet. In one study, some participants were given half of a grapefruit daily before each meal for 12 weeks. At the end of the experiment, they had lost almost 2 kilograms – the most weight among participants.

Heart health

The nutrients found in grapefruits all support your heart and help keep it healthy. They help lower lipid levels and blood pressure, preserve bone density and increase muscle mass.
According to the American Heart Association, women who consumed the most citrus fruits like grapefruit and oranges had the least risk of having a stroke.

Vitamin C

Grapefruits are an excellent source of vitamin C and other antioxidants. This helps fight cancer, protect the skin, and prevent asthma.


Grapefruits are made of 91% water and are great for staying hydrated and help with digestion because of their high fiber content.

Author Info

Dr Nagi Safa

Dr Nagi Safa is a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeon (Weight-Loss Surgeon) at the Advanced BMI in Lebanon and at the Sacred Heart Hospital of Montreal, and holds an academic appointment at the University of Montreal. Furthermore, he is involved in the training of residents and surgical fellows on how to perform advanced laparoscopic obesity surgery. In 2010, he launched the Advanced Bariatric and Metabolic Institute (Advanced BMI) in Lebanon, and has been helping hundreds of patients from all over the Middle-East through his expertise in obesity surgery. Education: Dr Safa completed his residency training at the University of Montreal General Surgery Program. He then performed a fellowship in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and Minimal Invasive Surgery (Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery), at the Sacred Heart Hospital of Montreal, which is the largest Weight Loss Surgery center in the Montreal area, and one of the busiest in Canada. Experience: During his training, and throughout his practice, Dr Safa performed more than one thousand laparoscopic procedures, including Roux en Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric banding, gastric plication and many other abdominal surgery procedures. He has a particular interest in LaparoscopicRevisional Surgery including banding, bypass and sleeve. With a keen interest in the advancement of obesity surgery and newer minimally invasive surgical techniques, Dr Safa gained experience in the single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), and offers Single Incision gastric banding and Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery. Research: His current research interests include clinical outcomes from various bariatric surgery procedures and investigations on the impact of bariatric surgery on Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome X. Memberships: Dr Safa holds professional memberships with the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons, Canadian Association of General Surgeons, Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Association for Surgical Oncology, Quebec Medical Association, Trauma Association of Canada, Association Quebecoise de Chirurgie, International College of Surgeon, and the College des Medecins du Quebec.