Fight Fat With Fiber
By Brenna Fisher, Contributing Writer |
I'm always excited about food solutions, whether topical or internal. Food is so basic and something we all have access to. It's the ultimate problem solver. I even cook to relieve stress, which might be taking it a little far. Maybe you don't cook, but you can still benefit from this latest food solution, which can alter the amount of fat in the body.
A new study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center funded by the National Institutes of Health found a direct relationship between soluble fiber (think fruits, beans and vegetables) and fat. More specifically, each addition of 10 grams in soluble fiber consumed per day equated to a 3.7 percent reduction in fat over five years. And this was visceral fat, or the stubborn, deeper belly fat found around vital organs. Plus, combined with increased activity (i.e. 30 minutes of exercise, two to four times a week), that reduction in fat jumped to 7.4 percent over five years. While fiber has proven beneficial to diets in the past, this study shows how soluble fiber affects fat and weight gain in a specific area-one that so many people struggle with. A follow up study exploring the effects of soluble fiber in supplement form will begin later this year.