About the Buzz: Grapefruit Burns Fat
TheBUZZ Grapefruit Burns Fat
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
WHAT WE KNOW
HOW DO WE KNOW THIS?
Two studies with rats showed that the scent of grapefruit oil stimulated a part of the nervous system that triggers fat-burning in some parts of fat tissue. However, its affect on actual weight loss was not tested. One study, conducted with human subjects who were obese, showed a greater weight-loss in those who ate half a grapefruit before meals compared to those who ate nothing. Compared to those not eating anything before meals, more weight was lost by those with metabolic syndrome who were either eating half a grapefruit, drinking grapefruit juice or taking a grapefruit capsule. However, the study was small and short-term, and the mechanism is unknown. Further research is needed in humans to identify possible ways that grapefruit might assist with weight-loss beyond replacing higher calorie foods.
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