Like the vegetable choices, the fruit choices for the HCG diet are carefully selected for their health properties and because they are known to not interfere with HCG while it burns abnormal fat. HCG diet fruits are good for your metabolism, satisfying, and they are an important part of the diet. Using your fruit serving as a snack on the HCG diet is a good idea to break your two meals up into smaller meals, and doing this is allowed on the diet. The four fruits allowed on the HCG diet are grapefruit, oranges, strawberries and green apples. Each of these fruits are packed with phytonutrients that help protect your body from cancer, regulate your blood sugar levels, boost your immune system, protect against heart disease, prevent digestive and kidney problems, and offer protection against many other chronic illnesses. If you do not eat these and other fruits regularly as a part of your diet you should strongly consider adding them into your diet, whether you are on the HCG diet or not. Eating fruit is an easy way to protect your health and of course they have the added benefit of being delicious. Below are the health benefits of each of the HCG diet fruits explained in detail. Again, use the fruit servings as a snack or use one of the servings for a small breakfast while on the HCG diet, and definitely be sure that you are eating your minimum of two servings each day that you are on the very low calorie diet (VLCD) to get these amazing health benefits.
- Apples are packed with phytonutrients that offer antioxidant protection help to regulate blood sugar levels and more.
- Quercetin is found in apples, which is a flavonoid that helps prevent blood sugar spikes by inhibiting the breakdown of complex carbohydrates into simple sugars, which stabilizes blood sugar.
- The polyphenols in apples stimulate insulin receptors to increase the uptake of blood sugar into your cells, resulting in better blood sugar management.
- Apples have a good amount of fiber, and studies have shown that they may be able to increase levels of "good bacteria" in the digestive tract.
- Apples can reduce the oxidation of cell membrane fats which helps to protect the cardiovascular system, and these same antioxidants can reduce the risk of lung cancer.
- Studies have shown that undesirable LDL cholesterol levels are lowered if apples are consumed on a regular basis.
- Preliminary studies show that apples have benefits at reducing certain types of cancer including breast and colon cancer, and specifically lung cancer. Most of the evidence shows that apples are one of the most effective fruits to consume to reduce your lung cancer risk.
- Grapefruit are rich in vitamin C which is one of the most important antioxidants for overall health and a well functioning immune system. Several studies have shown that vitamin C can reduce cold symptoms and it also prevents free radical damage in the body.
- The vitamin C in grapefruit may protect against inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and asthma.
- The pink color of grapefruit is due to the presence of lycopene, which is an important phytonutrient that can protect against cancer, and may offer substantial protection against certain types of cancer such as prostate cancer. Only the red and pink grapefruit varieties have lycopene, so keep this in mind when you are shopping for grapefruit.
- Grapefruit have a group of phytonutrients called limonoids that can protect against cancer tumor formation by increasing the production of a detoxifying enzyme. Limonoids have been shown to protect against the development of several different types of cancer in animal studies.
- Grapefruit also lower cholesterol levels and have pectin, a fruit fiber that is shown to reduce the risk of developing heart disease and atherosclerosis.
- Oranges are a great snack on the HCG diet and like the other HCG diet fruits and vegetables they are also rich in phytonutrients including citrus flavanones, polyphenols, anthocyanins and more.
- Oranges are well known to be an excellent source of vitamin C, and vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins for overall health. The vitamin is reduces free radical damage to DNA that can lead to cancer. It is the main water soluble vitamin that the body uses, and it neutralizes free radicals that can lead to artery damage through cholesterol oxidation.
- Citrus fruits like oranges are shown to protect against the development of several types of cancer including mouth and stomach cancers.
- Oranges and other citrus fruits have a low glycemic index and protect against the development of obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
- They may help prevent kidney stones by increasing urinary pH values, and can help reduce the risk of developing ulcers and stomach cancer by inhibiting H. pylori bacterial infections (H. pylori infections cause ulcers which can lead to stomach cancer).
- Strawberries have one of the highest level of antioxidants out of any whole food, and are thought to have the fourth highest level of antioxidants out of any fruit.
- The fruit has numerous documented cardiovascular benefits, as its rich level of antioxidants prevent cholesterol oxidation which leads to blood vessel damage.
- Strawberries are another excellent source of vitamin C on the HCG diet, and we have mentioned previously that vitamin C is one of the most important nutrients for the body.
- Oxidative stress is thought to lead to the development of many types of cancer, and as a result strawberries are considered to be one of the most potent anti-cancer foods with their outstanding levels of anti-oxidants. Indeed they have been shown to lower the risk of several cancers including colon, breast and esophageal and may reduce the risk of other cancers as more studies are being performed.
- Strawberries have been shown to regulate blood sugar levels with a group of polyphenols called ellagitannins which may be responsible for this effect. These polyphenols inhibit an enzyme called alpha-amylase that breaks down complex starches into simple sugars.
- Research is being performed on the anti-aging benefits of strawberries. They have been shown to improve cognitive function in preliminary animal studies, and also improve motor function. This is a preliminary area of research, however.