People either love grapefruits, or they hate it. It is a fruit that you need to develop a taste for. It is extremely sour and tangy, that is why it takes some time for your palate to develop a liking for this fruit.
But there is no doubt that grapefruit is packed with nutriets. It is a nutritional powerhouse. And has tremendous health benefits.
But Is Grapefruit Keto Friendly?
The ketogenic diet is built on high fat, medium protein, and low carb foods. People on keto diet cut sugary carbs out of their diet. In doing so, some healthy food options are also cut out.
For example, citrus fruits. These contain natural sugars, known as fructose. If you take it in a large quantity, the fructose in the fruit will boost the blood sugar level, which will kick your body out of ketosis, and your diet will be blown.
Although grapefruit contains a lot of healthy nutrients, like; vitamin C, minerals, and antioxidants. The macronutrient profile of the food does not match that of the keto diet.
A single grapefruit contains approximately 26 grams of carbs and almost zero fat or protein. So very likely, it can spike your insulin, and your body won’t stay in ketosis.
In keto diet, you can take up to 50 grams of carbs per day, but you get into a state of ketosis more quickly if you stay with 20 grams per day.
This means a single serving of grapefruit can mess up your diet, and your body will find it challenging to go into ketosis.
But just because grapefruit is high in carbs, it does not mean that you cannot enjoy it at all. You can indulge yourself in this tangy, juicy fruit in moderation. Keep the portion of the fruit small.
A half grapefruit contains approximately 11 grams of carbs and is enough to satisfy your taste buds. The purpose of a keto diet is to bring your body into a metabolic state called ketosis, in which the body burns fat as its primary source of energy instead of carbohydrates.
This process of burning fats results in the production of ketones. Ketones are used by the body as a source of energy when the carbs are short in supply.
That is why the carb intake, in this diet, is very low. You need to be strict in this diet to achieve your goal. This can be challenging for many people, and you might eat something that is not keto-friendly.
To avoid your body getting kicked out of ketosis, you can go for exogenous ketones. Exogenous means externally created. These supplements are forms of ketone beta-hydroxybutyrate(BHB). Which the body normally creates on its own. Exogenous ketones can help you achieve ketosis while you are a little less strict about what you eat.
But that does not mean that you can have a high carb diet and then take exogenous ketones to cover the damage. They are only to help enhance the state of ketosis that you achieve with your diet and can do slight damage control if you get a little off track in this diet.
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