is a good source of vitamin C, potassium, and dietary fiber,
and it's a good way to get your recommended five daily servings
of fruit and vegetables. Recently, researchers added diabetes
protection to the potential list of benefits associated with
regular grapefruit consumption.
Researchers surveyed 100 overweight volunteers who were on
varying diets: One group ate half a grapefruit three times
a day; another group drank a glass of grapefruit juice prior
to every meal; while group did not consume any grapefruit.
After 12 weeks, grapefruit eaters had shed an average of 3.6
pounds - with some losing as much as 10 pounds. Juice drinkers
lost an average of 3.3 pounds, and those without grapefruit
in the diet lost only 0.5 pounds apiece.
Researchers attributed the grapefruit-mediated weight loss
to the burning of sugar, facilitated by insulin and indicated
by lowered glucose levels, which could be good news to the
estimated 18.2 million people in the U.S. that have diabetes.
Moreover, this study paves the way for further research on
a larger scale, researchers said.
Get a jump-start on the next round of results by consuming
grapefruit (and a regular supply of fruits and vegetables)
to maintain health, and if for nothing else - the taste.
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