This is the FOURTH article in a very long series of shorter informational posts with nutrition facts about specific types of food in the context of a keto diet. This article is a must-read if you are interested in a ketogenic diet and want to be successful with it.
In this post you will learn more about eating grapefruit on a keto diet and whether they are OK on this eating program. Are there carbs in grapefruit? Are you wondering if you can eat grapefruit on keto? Is it OK? Is it compliant? Or should you consider it a “cheat meal”?
Let me tell you all the necessary facts you need to know to decide if you want to add grapefruits to your keto diet. Let’s get started.
Below you will find all the necessary nutrition facts about grapefruits. The table shows only the facts and data that are interesting and relevant from the point of view of a keto diet and potential positive impact of grapefruits on your health.
In the case of grapefruits, you are obviously interested in their carb quantity and the vitamins, minerals or microelements they are rich in. This is exactly what the tables show.
|Total Carbs||8 g|
|Dietary Fiber||1 g|
|Total Carbs||20.2 g|
|Dietary Fiber||2.8 g|
Judging only by carb quantity and sugar amount of one grapefruit, we may think this isn’t a very good food choice on a keto diet. But how is it really? Let’s find this out together.
This section will provide you with all the necessary information and facts about whether grapefruits are OK on a keto diet.
We all know that fruits are generally not allowed on a keto diet except for avocados and very small amounts of berries. Citrus fruits are usually considered one of the worst fruit choices on a ketogenic diet. However, grapefruits are a small exception and you may want to occasionally include them in your diet.
Here are the facts and tips about grapefruits and a keto diet you should know about:
The overall keto-compatibility score of grapefruit is only 5/10 because it’s still a fruit that is high in carbs and the main purpose of a keto diet is to keep carbs out of the equation.
On the other hand, most people do a ketogenic diet to burn fat and grapefruit is probably the only fruit that’s proven to help with weight loss. That’s why we are allowing it on a keto diet on certain conditions.
I suggest eating it only on your carb-up days or around your workouts (ideally after your workout to restore glycogen). I recommend eating them not more often than 2-3 times a week.
This section shows you the information about how healthy grapefruit is.
There are really thousands of studies and medical articles taking about great health properties of grapefruit. And rightly so! Here are a few most important facts and health benefits of grapefruit you should know about:
As you can see grapefruit is a really healthy food and that’s why it’s often called a super food. If it weren’t for its possible negative (or even deadly) interactions with some medications, I would rate it 10/10.
Grapefruit is a really super food and it certainly deserves a separate mini guide here on ABC Keto. Even though it’s a fruit (and it’s a citrus fruit), you can and you even should include it in your keto diet.
Tons of great health properties of grapefruit perfectly balance the fact that it is relatively high in carbs which we want to avoid on a keto diet. Adding to that, grapefruit is low in calories and has a low GI, so this makes it a keto-approved food.
The best piece of advice is to eat it occasionally, count it against your daily carb intake and ideally eat it only on your workout days (and around workouts). This way you can benefit from its great health properties and not disrupt your keto diet.
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