Monday, November 2, 2009

Fight Belly Fat with Fibre

(Reuters Health Summary)

As if to reiterate the message from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada that was posted on the cafeteria wall in the Ryerson Library, a new study from LA has found that including even a little bit more fibre in your diet can make a real difference in the size of your waistline.

In the study, teens and adolescents were monitored for two years, during which time they increased the amount of fibre in their diets. The researchers found that the participants ended up with significantly less fat around their waists than at the start. In participants who decreased the amount of fibre in their diets, their waistlines expanded.

The researchers were interested in measuring changes in belly fat, because numerous studies have shown a link between bigger waistlines and an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease. Bottom line - make sure you're getting your 25-30 grams per day and your body will thank you in all kids of ways!

Check out the rest of the details in the article called "Upping fiber intake could help defeat belly fat" from Reuters Health (Oct. 29, 2009)