Jun 042013
 

Research shows that you can reduce belly fat with soluble fiber and canola oil.

A study conducted by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center shows that for every 10-gram increase in soluble fiber eaten each day can reduce belly fat by 3.7% over a 5 year period. Another study reported by the American Heart Association shows that canola oil reduced belly fat by 1.6% in just 4 weeks.

Belly fat is also known as visceral fat. Visceral fat is associated with a high risk of developing diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, fatty liver, gallbladder problems, high blood pressure and some cancers. It is the fat located deep in your abdominal cavity and surrounds vital organs. People with large amounts of visceral fat have a pear shape or beer belly physique, which is associated with serious health problems.

If you have an above normal amount of belly fat, you should change your lifestyle to increase your chances of having a long and healthy life.

What is Soluble Fiber?

Soluble fiber is a healthy dietary fiber which dissolves in water to form a gel-like substance. This gelatinous fiber prevents cholesterol from being absorbed into your bloodstream and removes it in your solid waste. Scientists are not sure how it prevents visceral fat formation or how it reduces belly fat. But the evidence is clear that a diet high in soluble fiber does reduce belly fat.

Some good food sources of soluble fiber include oats, peas, dried beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots and psyllium.

What is Canola Oil?

The Mayo Clinic states that canola oil is a vegetable based oil from the canola plant. The canola plant was developed through crossbreeding with the rapeseed plant. The reason for the crossbreeding is to reduce the amount of erucic acid in the oil to very low levels. Erucic acid in large amounts is toxic to humans. Canola oil is safe for human consumption. And with this new research results, it is a good choice for losing belly fat.

Abnormal amounts of belly or visceral fat can lead to serious health problems like heart disease, diabetes, fatty liver, high blood pressure and some cancers. New research shows that we can reduce our risk of these diseases with simple dietary changes. By increasing our consumption of soluble fiber and the use of canola oil, we can easily reduce our belly fat and improve our overall health.