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Eating red grapefruit as part of a heart-healthy diet can significantly improve lipid levels.

* Eating red grapefruit as part of a heart-healthy diet can significantly improve lipid levels suggests research from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Researchers studied 57 patients who had undergone coronary bypass surgery one year earlier and who had not responded to the statin drug Zocor. They were instructed to eat a very low-fat diet, the diet plus white grapefruit or the diet plus red grapefruit. After 30 days, both grapefruit groups saw significant decreases in total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad") cholesterol. Those eating red grapefruit saw triglycerides drop as well. The researchers credit the antioxidants in grapefruit. Note: Check with your pharmacist for interactions between grapefruit and statin drugs.

Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, March 8, 2006.

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