The Grapefruit Diet originated in the 1930’s, but it became popular again in the 1970’s and early 80’s. There were a few different versions over the years, and when movie stars started trying it, it became known as the Hollywood Diet. Not sure anyone really knows why it also started to be known as the Mayo Clinic Diet, since the Mayo Clinic did not endorse it.
However, it may have received some “clinical recognition” for a couple of reasons.
Grapefruit Diet Benefits
The diet itself is high protein and fat, and no carb and sugar. Those sorts of diets were often prescribed by doctors of obese patients that needed rapid weight loss in order to be “healthy” enough to undergo surgical procedures (think Atkins Diet).
Then there is the wonderful and powerful grapefruit itself. A super fruit, before super fruits were popular. Thought to contain some kind of magical powers or enzymes for weight loss. Supplement companies and medical weight loss centers started to sell the magic grapefruit pill which contained a combination of Grapefruit Pectin, B6, Kelp, and Lecithin.
If we take a look at all of this, we can definitely find some good.
We know now, more than ever, that everyone should drastically reduce their carb and sugar intake, especially the refined and processed varieties. We also know now that real fat from real whole foods is not our enemy, it is the fake fats and sugars that are.
So eat a grapefruit before each meal? What harm could that cause? Grapefruits provide a good source of vitamin C, fiber, and pectin. Lycopene is found in pink grapefruits, and bioflavonoids are found in the pith, the white layer between the outer peel and the flesh of the fruit, of all varieties. Grapefruit is low on the glycemic index, and has anti aging compounds that have been studied in-vitro. And if they fill you up and prevent you from eating something bad, then that is a good thing!
How about that supplement? Pectin – Great, B6 – Great, Kelp – Great, Lecithin – Great. All amazing nutrients with tremendous health benefits.
Why does grapefruit get a bad wrap?
First, because it is citrus, people think it is acidic. This deserves greater explanation in another blog post, however grapefruit, after being digested actually creates an alkaline “ash” in the body and the blood.
Secondly, some of the naturally occurring compounds will interact or inhibit the absorption of some common pharmaceutical medications. This is true, but it’s totally unfair to hate on and blame grapefruit for being bad. Maybe if people were eating more grapefruit in the first place they wouldn’t need to be on some of those medications – just sayin.