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How To Drink Grapefruit Juice to Lose Weight


If you eat grapefruit or drink the juice before taking every meals, you are sure to lose weight and this is not just hear-say, it works and has been proved by research. Grapefruit juice contains properties that promote a healthy body and weight and drinking a small cup before meals may help reduce your appetite and could improve insulin resistance.

And why’s that? When you eat fewer calories than you burn, you’ll definitely lose weight and grapefruit will help you eat less.

Drink Grapefruit Juice Before Meals

So 20 minutes before your main meal, take grapefruit juice so that it can have a better impact on your diet. This effect was demonstrated when researchers from Vanderbilt University had 85 participants follow a low-calorie diet for two weeks. These same participants then continued the diet but added grapefruit juice, water or half a grapefruit before each meal for the next 12 weeks.

 

A study published in a 2011 issue of Nutrition and Metabolism showed that when the pre-meal snack (like grapefruit) was added, participants naturally ate 20 to 29 percent fewer calories overall without reporting greater hunger. Participants lost an average of 7% of their body weight over the study period.


Grapefruit juice, water and whole grapefruit eaten 20 minutes before a meal effectively reduced the participants’ appetites, so they ate less. So you can go for grapefruit juice or a slice of grapefruit before meals to help you eat less, as eating too much is a major problem most people have when it comes to dieting.

Not only that, the research also suggested that grapefruit is also good for keeping blood sugar levels under control – a key part of managing diabetes. So if you are diabetic, you can also drink grapefruit juice to help you manage your diabetes.

Have you tried taking grapefruit juice as part of your diet plan? Did it work? Please share!

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Your Baby Should Eat Nuts


Introducing complementary foods to your baby can be easy if you try out different food options. One of which is nuts- peanuts ( groundnut), cashew nuts, walnut and others.

Nuts are highly nutritious and known to be a rich source of beneficial fatty acids, vitamin E, and protein which very good for babies that require lots of good nutrition for proper growth and development.

If there is no history of allergies, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology recommends you can introduce your baby to nuts as early as six months. Waiting until your baby is older to introduce nuts is not necessary.


Some parents delay giving their babies nuts and other highly allergenic foods like soy, fish, seafood, dairy, eggs, and wheat. This does not help to prevent allergies in the future rather when these foods are introduced early since it reduces the chances of children from becoming allergic to them later in life.

In spite of loads of benefits found in giving your baby different types of nuts, parents need to take caution on the following.

  • Do not give a child less than five a whole nut to eat and giving peanut butter in a spoon to a baby. This could cause a choking hazard.
  • If you are introducing nuts to your child’s meals ensure that it is ground or crushed into smaller piece.
  • If you have a family history of allergies such as Eczema and other food allergies, you need to see the doctor before giving nuts to your baby as a weaning food.

Here are simple ways to infuse your child’s meal with peanut

  • Mix a teaspoon or two of ground peanut into a plate with your baby’s cereal, yoghurt. Ensure that it is not too thick; stir it well before giving it to your baby.
  • You can also use spread peanut, cashew nut butter on bread to serve as a finger food. Toddlers would enjoy this better. Though your baby may not be able to bite off, she can suck on it and lick up the nutritious butter too.

Peanut butter is great for vegetarians and vegan babies. You can either make your peanut butter or get a store bought one. In getting a store-bought peanut butter, look out for the ones that do not contain added salt or sugar.

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