Metabolic syndrome consists of four characteristics- extra abdominal weight, elevated blood pressure, high triglycerides, and high blood sugar levels. Eating a diet rich in plants, including whole grains, can treat each of these conditions and reduce the overall risk for metabolic syndrome. For example, three servings of whole grains daily are linked to improvements in blood pressure levels. Don’t worry- you don’t have to switch to a vegetarian diet completely. Just eating more vegetables and whole grains to take the place of less healthy foods will provide some degree of benefits.