Calories In A Grapefruit
The calories in a grapefruit don't add up to a large number. This is one reason why many people eat grapefruit and other citrus fruits. The other reason is grapefruit also has a variety of other benefits.
The total number of calories in an average grapefruit ranges from 66 to 84 calories. If you eat three grapefruits, you may feel quite full after consuming less than 250 calories. The low calorie count of the grapefruit alone make it a worthwhile staple in any diet.
The number of calories and the vitamin C content are not the only benefits of the grapefruit. At least one study suggests there are other factors which contribute to weight loss. A 2004 study revealed that participants who consumed the pulp and juice of the grapefruit for twelve weeks were more successful with weight loss than the control group who did not.
Scientists speculate about why grapefruit consumers enjoyed greater success. Some say that the grapefruit is "nutritionally dense." This means that there is a high volume of nutrients in proportion to the volume of the fruit. Some also say that the grapefruit will make you feel full more quickly than other foods of equal volume.
Another study of animals revealed that animals who ate or smelled grapefruit became more physically active. We all know that physical activity helps people lose weight.
One of the greatest benefits of the grapefruit other than the number of calories is dietary fiber. Dietary fiber contributes to a healthy digestive system and excretory system among other things. Fiber is one of the reasons why people tend to feel satiated more quickly from the grapefruit than from other foods.
To sum things up, don't just think of calories in a grapefruit. Consider the food as a whole when making dietary choices.