Excessive abdominal fat is considered a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and we are better off with a slim waist.
This type of fat accumulates around organs (visceral fat) and is involved in the production of low grade inflammation.
The study reviewed here investigated factors associated with change in abdominal fat accumulation during 5 years (Hariston KG, et al. 2011). The participants’ abdominal fat were measured at the beginning of the study using computed tomography (CT) and after 5 years.
The results showed that soluble fiber intake and participation in vigorous activity were related to decreased visceral fat.
For each 10g increase in soluble fiber intake there was a 3.7% decrease in visceral fat accumulation. Moderately active participants had a 7.4% decrease in the accumulation of visceral fat.
To read more about the benefits of fiber rich foods and what they are, read the book, “The Food Connection” which includes a lot of easy to make recipes with a high fiber content.