Lately the studies I've been writing about pretty much put the kibosh on a number of foods or eating styles. Sometimes it's nice to share "what you can eat" information.
First up, some information on body fat. All fat is not considered equal. Subcutaneous fat is fat that is located just under the skin. It is excess fat, but it is not considered as dangerous as visceral or deep fat. Visceral fat can be found in the abdominal area and can also wrap itself around organs. Don't misunderstand the distinction when it comes to being overweight. A recent study indicated that whether you carry excess weight as an apple shape or as a pear shape - both situations raise the risk of potential chronic diseases and premature death due to simply carrying too many extra pounds. But visceral fat is unique and it is worrisome. So how do you zero in on and reduce this kind of fat in your body?
Here's the mantra you need to learn - EAT MORE SOLUBLE FIBER AND EXERCISE.
Nothing magical here, just a lot of good research that suggests that increasing your consumption of soluble fiber, which you can get from fruits, vegetables and beans can help to reduce visceral fat, especially when you also add in daily moderate to vigorous exercise. In fact, for every 10 gram increase in soluble fiber consumption per day, visceral fat was reduced by 3.5% over 5 years. Add in the exercise component and you will reduce visceral fat by 7.4% over 5 years. C'mon guys, this is doable!! One caveat - this regimen did not seem to impact subcutaneous fat
Here's another food news bulletin. You've heard a lot about grapes and resveratrol and the positive health impact it may confer. Well, there may be another specific health benefit that eating grapes can offer. Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine found that grape seed polyphenols - natural antioxidants - may help to prevent development of or delay progression of Alzheimer's disease. The impact of the polyphenols was seen on a peptide in the brain known to cause the neurotoxicity associated with Alzheimer's disease progression. So make sure to include grapes in that daily target of fruits and vegetables.
Published On: November 22, 2011