The Mayo Clinic Grapefruit Diet-Fiction!

The Mayo Clinic Grapefruit DietFiction!



Summary of eRumor:

A widely circulated email touts “The Mayo Clinic Diet,” a regimen of grapefruit, salads, vegetables, and generous amounts of fats and meats.  It includes such guidelines as “eat until you are full” and frequently includes testimonials from people who say they’ve lost a lot of weight on the diet.

The Truth:

This diet predates the Internet. It’s been passed from person to person for about thirty years and most veteran dieters have tried “the grapefruit diet.”

There are numerous versions of the so called “Mayo Diet” on the Internet but the folks at the famous Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota say it did not come from them, they do not endorse it, and, in fact, they do not regard it as nutritionally balanced.  A statement on the Mayo Clinic website says that for some people, the diets can be dangerous.

Posted 8/14/02