There are several reasons that grapefruit is considered a “diet” food, but the main reason is that grapefruit has a low “Glycemic Index” and grapefruit juice has great rank amongst juices. With its high fiber content, it can help a dieter be more successful by helping to curb appetite and prevent overeating rather than employing some of the current fad diets.
It has been shown that a person can actually eat large quantities of food without consuming too many calories by choosing foods high in fiber and water content.
What Is the Glycemic Index?
The glycemic index is a measure of how quickly blood sugar levels rise after eating a certain type of food. The effects that different foods have on blood sugar levels vary considerably. The glycemic index estimates how much each gram of available carbohydrate in a food raises a person’s blood glucose level following consumption of the food, relative to consumption of pure glucose. Like a golf score, the lower the ranking number the better on the glycemic index.
What Is Grapefruit’s Glycemic Index?
Red grapefruit has a very low glycemic index ranking of 25. This means that red grapefruit will not significantly increase your blood sugar and insulin levels. Red grapefruit has a lower glycemic index ranking than almost any other fruit, according to Harvard Medical School. White grapefruit has more sugar and fewer antioxidants.
What is Grapefruit Juice’s Rank?
100 percent grapefruit juice, like our own Indian River Select® Brand Grapefruit Juice, has a glycemic index of 48. Even though this is nearly double the glycemic index of a solid red grapefruit, grapefruit juice ranks below 55 – which is a low ranking. Juice tends to have higher glycemic index rankings than solid fruits because the fiber content is lower.
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