Visceral fat stores in the stomach cavity inside of your body. An excess of the “active” fat can build itself up around internal organs, such as the liver. To avoid this health risk, indulge on one breakfast choice shown to reduce the harmful belly fat.
Researchers from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, in the US, found that eating more soluble fibre is linked to a decreased level of visceral fat.
The study involved 1,114 people, between the ages of 18 and 81.
For every 10 grams of soluble fibre eaten, the study reports a 3.7 percent lower risk of gaining harmful belly fat.
The benefits of soluble fibre are plentiful.
For starters, Medical News Today report that soluble fibre lowers fat absorption and helps with weight management.
Additionally, the nutrient helps to lower cholesterol and stabilise blood sugar levels.
It may even reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, such as heart disease.
Researchers from the University of North Carolina wanted to know if the consumption of fibre had an impact on visceral fat levels.
Testing 559 adolescents aged 14 to 18, visceral fat levels were measured using “magnetic resonance imaging”.
Their diets were assessed, with the researchers concluding that greater consumption of fibre is associated with lower levels of visceral fat.
Supporting this evidence, researchers from the Keck School of Medicine, California, conducted a longitudinal study over two years.
They found that small reductions in fibre intake over this time period had a profound effect on increasing levels of visceral fat.
What to eat with my oats?
Oats is a great, nutritious and versatile breakfast option.
To start your day the right way, why not add some blueberries with some oats and milk to get in more of your five-a-day.
You could even heat up your oat cereal first, then sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg on top.