Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Cruciferous Vegs Contain Phytonutrients to Fight Belly Fat

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(Photo by FoodieBaoBao)

We all know vegetables are natural foods high in dietary fiber. But you might not know there is actually a specific class of vegetables that contain very specific phytonutrients that actually help to fight against stubborn belly fat.

Something you may have never heard about is that certain chemicals in our food supply and our environment, such as pesticides, herbicides, and certain petrochemicals from air and water pollution, household cleaners, cosmetics, etc can react with your body and make your body store excess abdominal fat. These chemicals that force your body to hold onto belly fat are known as xenoestrogens.

Xenoestrogens are chemicals that you are exposed to (and are hard to avoid in the modern world) that have an estrogenic effect in your body. Excess exposure to these can cause hormone balance disruptions for both men and women. So these can wreak havoc in the body for both guys and gals. These estrogenic chemicals that we are exposed to on a daily basis can stimulate your body to store belly fat, along with many other problems (including cancer risks in the long term).

So here's where this specific class of vegetables comes in handy... The use of cruciferous vegetables to help fight against stomach fat.

Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, etc. contain very specific and unique phytonutrients such as indole-3-carbinol (I3C) that help to fight against these estrogenic compounds... And by fighting against these belly fat stimulating estrogenic chemicals, this is just one more step in helping you to win the battle against abdominal fat!

So there you go... just another excuse to do what mom always told you and eat more broccoli and brussells sprouts... Melt a little grass-fed cheese on them and some garlic and they're great! Japanese miso soup with broccoli and wakame is another healthy choice.