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Study: Upping fiber will fight belly fat

October 30, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A University of Southern California study found fiber to be a key ingredient in getting rid of belly fat. Researchers tracked the eating habits of adolescents and teenagers for two years. The subjects who increased their fiber intake had significant decreases in the amount at fat around their waistlines. The young people who ate less fiber saw their belly fat increase by 21 percent.

Researchers say upping fiber intake by just six grams a day can have a significantly positive impact on young people's belly fat. Six grams of fiber can be found in half a cup of beans or a single whole-wheat tortilla.

Belly fat is considered the most dangerous type of body fat, increasing the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

The study is published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.


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