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Vol. 4, No. 6 | June 2012

 

 

 

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Eat Soluble Fiber!
Eating soluble fiber helps to reduce VAT

US MED Gives BackCommonly called belly fat, visceral abdominal tissue (VAT), is the type of fat that becomes packed around vital internal organs.

Excess visceral fat is also called central obesity, but you don't have to be generally obese to have it. With the exception of their "belly," some people with VAT don't look very fat at all.

Central obesity is associated with a higher risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

Scientists say there is a way to reduce to VAT. Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., show that moderate activity coupled with a 10-gram-per-day increase in soluble fiber results in a 7.4 percent decrease in VAT over five years.

While that sounds like slow progress, it's certainly better than letting VAT build up along with its health risks.

Increasing fiber is easy to do, just eat more fruits and vegetables, nuts and beans. The 10-gram increase can be achieved by eating two small apples or one cup of green peas and a half cup of pinto beans.

Moderate activity is important to everyone but especially to those who want to decrease belly fat. Moderate activity is defined as exercising for 30 minutes two to four times a week.

Study leaders say a few simple changes can have a big health impact.

Note that VAT is different from SAT, the subcutaneous fat located underneath the skin, which is much less harmful.

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