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Wake Up and Smell The Grapefruit

We've all heard that eating grapefruit can help aid in weight loss, heck there is even a grapefruit diet, but recent research shows that the sour fruit can be linked to breast cancer, which means I'm not loving the idea of eating it in large quantities. So what's a girl looking for help in weight loss supposed to do?

It turns out that the mere smell of grapefruit is apparently good enough to aid in weight loss. Preliminary animal studies show that the scent of grapefruit oil may help reduce appetite. Researchers speculate that this is because of the effect the oil's smell has on liver enzymes, which help nix cravings and spur weight loss. Clearly more research needs to be done, but if you like the smell of grapefruit (which I love, by the way) then why not give it a go and let me know if it helps reduce hunger.

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beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i dunno about the link to breast cancer - maybe i just don't want to believe it since i love limes and lemons so much.
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 9 years
Hmm, this works out. I love the smell of grapefruit, but I don't like to eat it.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 9 years
I'm still not buying the cancer link...I will say that the scent of grapefruit wakes me up and energizes me. Not sure about how it affects my appetite.
ktacce ktacce 9 years
hmm, maybe i should get a grapefruit candle!! :P
megafie megafie 9 years
I used to work for a beauty company and our new fragrance had pink grapefruit in it. At school our trainer said the thing about people perceiving you as 10 lbs less when you smelled like grapefruit. Everyone doused themselves in the fragrance! I hope it's not linked to cancer bc I eat several a week! I also have the method dish soap and it smells just like the real fruit.
brown_eyed_grrl brown_eyed_grrl 9 years
Seems weird that a natural fruit would be linked to cancer. If you like to smell grapefruit, Method makes household cleaners that smell like grapefruit. I like the all-purpose spray. It's also free of harsh chemicals.
CamillaCat CamillaCat 9 years
OH great, they're linking fruit to breastcancer now? Now that is scary! Is it the acid in the fruit?
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