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Is Grapefruit Good For Diabetes?

September 18, 2019


Hello, I’m Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com,
researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I’m going to answer the question, is
grapefruit good for diabetes. But before we get into that, make sure you
download my free diabetes management book which also includes a diabetes grocery shopping
guide (foods to eat and avoid) by clicking the link below. Headlines in California 2 short years ago
touted that grapefruit was the key to weight loss and the cure for diabetes. They touted scientific proof that the grapefruit
diet fad of the 80’s now has scientific backing. The 2014 study, conducted at UC-Berkeley,
one group of mice an antioxidant called naringin, a bioactive compound in grapefruit juice that
has been identified as a key agent in weight loss. Another group of mice got the prescription
drug metformin, the most common glucose-lowering drug prescribed for patients with Type 2 diabetes. Researcher Professor Joseph Napoli said: “The
grapefruit juice lowered blood glucose to the same degree as metformin. That means a natural fruit drink lowered glucose
levels as effectively as a prescription drug.” Sounds great doesn’t it? I mean grapefruit juice is much cheaper than
metformin, so let’s all throw our drugs out and move to Florida! But wait a minute. There was a slight problem with the study. NONE of the mice actually had diabetes!
AND, the study was funded by the California Grapefruit Growers Cooperative. So, let’s take a look at the grapefruit
and it’s juice to see how it really affects those of us with diabetes and if or not it
is a good choice to add to our diet. If you were to look at the nutritional values
of a grapefruit, the 1 thing that will leap off the page is that contains 142% of the
recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C. I would say that is a lot. It also packs a pretty good punch with Vitamin
A. You will also get some potassium, calcium and iron. What you won’t get is sugar, fat, cholesterol
or sodium. And a whole cup of grapefruit sections with
the juice is only 69 calories. The best news? Grapefruit has a GL of 4. So, even though I put very little stock in
the UCB study about grapefruit being better than metformin in helping control diabetes,
it is a great fruit to add to your diet. One quick word about grapefruit juice. Most of them are great. But be careful that you are getting 100% grapefruit
juice and not a blend of juices or something with a bunch of additives. Those products can contain sugars and other
ingredients that aren’t as diabetes friendly as the real thing. I hope this answered your question is grapefruit
good or bad for diabetes. Don’t forget to get your diabetes management
book by clicking the link in the description box below. Let me know if you have any other diabetes
related questions. Thank you
I am Ty Mason

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