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Dangerous 'visceral fat' in body could be reduced by eating more superfood


Experts have been looking into the dangers of visceral fat hidden in our abdominal cavity, which can influence the way hormones act in the body – proving potentially quite dangerous

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The soluble fibre in strawberries could help reduce visceral fat (stock photo)

There are a number of different ways fat can be stored inside our bodies and the most common is subcutaneous, which is fat stored under the skin that we are able to see and feel.

We might commonly find this stored in areas such as our arms, belly, thighs, and buttocks.

And while many people worry about this type of fat, it seems there’s a different type we should be a little more concerned about.

Over the last few years, visceral fat has become a major point of concern in light of climbing obesity rates, reports The Express.

This type of fat is one which we are unable to see, as it’s hidden in our abdominal cavity where it is said to pad the spaces between a number of our vital organs.







Experts recommend increasing soluble fibre intake by 10g per day with fruit and vegetables (stock photo)
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These fat cells, which are generally understood to be the result of hormonal imbalances and genetics, are biologically active.

This means they can cause disruptions to the normal balance and functioning of hormones within the body.

Understandably this disruption could cause a number of complications for our health, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

At its most serious, the condition has also been linked to early death.

But before you panic, growing research suggests there is one superfood you can try to help reduce visceral fat – strawberries.

Strawberries contain soluble fibre and a recent study by the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre, established last year that eating more soluble fibre from fruit and vegetables led to reductions in visceral fat.

The study found that for every 10-gram increase in soluble fibre eaten per day, visceral fat was reduced by 3.7 per cent over five years.

As well as this, doing more exercise will also help, with the findings showing that increased moderate activity resulted in a 7.4 per cent decrease in the rate of visceral fat accumulation over the same time period.

Kristen Hairston, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine at Wake Forest Baptist and lead researcher on the study, said: “We know that a higher rate of visceral fat is associated with high blood pressure, diabetes and fatty liver disease. Our study found that making a few simple changes can have a big health impact.”

The experts also shared a number of other foods that could be beneficial for upping fibre intake, including apples, green peas and pinto beans.

Hairston added that ‘moderate activity’ means exercising vigorously for 30 minutes, two to four times a week.

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