Fruits that Help Speed Up Your Metabolism

Certain fruits like kiwis and apples can help you lose weight because they speed up your metabolism naturally.
Fruits that Help Speed Up Your Metabolism
Elisa Morales Lupayante

Reviewed and approved by the pedagogue in physical education and nutritionist Elisa Morales Lupayante.

Last update: 26 May, 2022

Did you know that several kinds of fruit can help naturally speed up your metabolism? Just remember to always combine them with a healthy diet and exercise.

We often hear people talk about how much they want to lose weight or drop a clothing size. This goal becomes their priority, and they focus their entire lives on achieving this objective.

For some people, it can even become an obsession. However, losing weight can be easy if you naturally speed up your metabolism.

This can be achieved by consuming a few specific fruits that have a large amount of antioxidants, and can even get rid of excess liquid and toxins in our bodies.

Would you like to know more about this? Keep reading! Coming up, we’ll suggest a few fruits that can help you speed up your metabolism naturally.


This fruit has properties that help combat constipation and disorders in the urinary system. What’s more, it has an antioxidant that helps the body efficiently use insulin, which keeps your sugar levels balanced.

Grapefruit also helps burn calories, making it an ideal element of a balanced diet focused on weight loss. Its benefits have been proven by the Scripps Clinic in California.


Not only does this fruit help speed up your metabolism, but it also detoxifies your liver. What’s more, it reduces cholesterol and glucose levels in the blood thanks to the methionine and peptide it contains.

Plus, it helps strengthen memory and is an effective tool for combating neurodegenerative illnesses.

Studies by the University of Rio de Janeiro have proven that eating 3 small apples per day can contribute to greater weight loss.


Pears are rich in vitamins and folic acid. Just like apples, they can help speed up your metabolism and reduce high lipid levels in our body.

To see how much iron this fruit has, you just have to cut it in half. If it turns brown, that means it’s rich in iron, but if it fails to change color, this means that it has a low iron content.

Citric Fruits

They have three layers with different phytochemical properties, including vitamin C, which has antioxidant properties and strengthens the immune system. Additionally, they help us burn fat and keep our metabolism up.


Fruits that Help Speed Up Your Metabolism

Although some people are turned off by the smell (and therefore stay away from papaya), if they were to realize all of its powerful properties, they would surely change their mind.

The presence of papain — an enzyme that improves protein digestion — keeps metabolism up and, due to the fact that it’s low calorie, contributes to weight loss.

It’s also said to eliminate excess water and provide you with electrolytes that are helpful in preventing heart failure and high blood pressure, among others.

So, go eat a papaya!

Spicy Foods

Spicy foods are currently the focus of many research projects because of their surprising effects. Just three hours after consuming spicy food, a person’s metabolism can increase up to 25%.

Spicy foods help burn calories and release endorphins (making them a powerful stimulant and anti-depressive treatment).


Fruits that Help Speed Up Your Metabolism

Originally from China, this fruit is rich in fiber and has a huge amount of vitamins, making it excellent for strengthening our immune system.

Due to its high fiber content, it helps us improve or regulate digestion and metabolism, as well as balance cholesterol levels in the blood.

Just one kiwi provides the required daily amount of vitamin C, both for children and adults.


Due to this fruit’s high water content, it melts in your mouth. It’s sweet and perfect for hot summer days.

Since it’s rich in potassium, it’s extremely effective in helping you maintain a fast metabolism, and therefore lose weight.


As you can see, there are lots of fruits that are effective when it comes to improving your metabolism. These foods will be even more beneficial if you consume them between meals so that your digestive system can absorb the nutrients more easily.

It’s always good to keep in mind that fruits can be a tool to help speed up your metabolism, as long as you follow healthy nutritional guidelines and keep a balanced diet.

Fruit can’t be the only thing we eat all day, because our body also needs other nutrients, vitamins and minerals to keep our organs strong.

Exercise is also an important factor in staying healthy, and light physical activity after each meal is a great way of doing that.

Are you ready to start eating these foods?

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.