Can eating grapefruit help fight metabolic syndrome?

There's a tart and juicy breakfast fruit that might help keep metabolic syndrome in check. We're talking about grapefruit.

In a study, obese people who ate half a fresh grapefruit before meals showed improvements in two important measures related to the syndrome -- weight and insulin response. Not only did the grapefruit eaters shed pounds, but their insulin resistance improved, too.

Metabolic syndrome is bad news for your body. It's characterized by a combination of five serious health problems that can jack up your risk for heart disease and diabetes. Insulin resistance -- where the body fails to use insulin properly -- is one of the more serious markers because it can lead to high blood sugar and type 2 diabetes. High blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol levels, high blood sugar and abdominal obesity make up the rest of the formula for metabolic syndrome.

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