When you’ve eaten too much, grapefruit to the rescue!

Thanksgiving dinner was a mere 2 days ago, followed by leftovers and more leftovers.  By now you might be ready to swear off food for the next week.  How to cope?  Eat some grapefruit.

Back in the 1960’s and ’70’s, the so-called Grapefruit Diet was being touted as a miracle weight loss plan.  Supposedly grapefruit has special enzymes that burned off fat.  Or was it something about the acidic taste?  Acidic foods are assumed to burn fat because, well, acid dissolves stuff?  The logic here is very fuzzy, and there’s no scientific basis for any of it.  Enzymes are proteins, and when we eat proteins, they’re broken down during digestion.  Alleged fat burning enzymes included.  The obesity epidemic has only escalated since the 1970’s, so clearly the grapefruit diet didn’t help.  But we are doomed to repeat fad diet history, and the Grapefruit Diet is still around.  As WebMD notes, it’s just another low calorie diet that includes grapefruit.  If you stick to it you’ll lose weight thanks to eating fewer calories.

Why am I recommending grapefruit for a post-Thanksgiving detox, if it’s not a miracle diet food?  Here are 5 reasons:

  1. Grapefruit is acidic.  In my experience, sour flavors cleanse your palate and shut off your sweet cravings.  Green salad with oil and vinegar dressing can also do the trick.
  2. Grapefruit is a refreshing, low calorie, high-water content food that fills you up and cuts your appetite.
  3. Grapefruit is loaded with nutrients, especially vitamin C, potassium and fiber.
  4. Grapefruit is conveniently in season, just when we need them, during the holiday season.
  5. Grapefruit doesn’t need any particular preparation.  Slice and eat.  Use a grapefruit spoon, with serrated edges.  DO NOT add sweetener.  That defeats the purpose of cleansing your palate.

My breakfast yesterday was grapefruit, followed by a pie-burning hike.  Highly recommended as a way to distract your taste buds from the memory of all that heavy Thanksgiving food.

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