Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on September 12, 2008
The idea of being alive in the time of seventeenth century Flemish Baroque painter Rubens seems attractive to me. Stuffing yourself with pies could even qualify one to model for the famous painter himself. Imagine that. I just need to put on 10 more pounds (hopefully around the mid-section), and maybe I’ll be his “Venus at the Mirror”. Nowadays, our cover girls come in a totally different format — epitomized by the Material Girl herself, whose abs are flatter than the state of Kansas. Sadly, for those of us who prefer pies to push-ups, the reality is that a flatter stomach is not only the aesthetic du jour, it’s healthier, too.
The good news? You can fight belly fat by eating fat. Now that’s phat.
A recent study in the journal of Diabetes Care found that a diet high in MUFAs — that’s monounsaturated fatty acid — can reduce unslightly and dangerous abdominal fat. Here’s a list of the top ten foods to help you bust that gut.
Olive Oil. High in antioxidants, olive oil lowers LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) without affecting HDL cholesterol (the good kind). The greener the better, so opt for extra virgin.
Sunflower seeds. Perfect for curbing hunger, sunflower seeds are packed with vitamin B and can protect against inflammation. Sprinkle on salads or grab a handful to go.
Almonds. Good source of protein and fiber, the MUFA and vitamin E combine to cut cholesterol. Berries, almonds and soy yogurt make a delicious breakfast.
Avocados. These buttery smooth orbs have more cholesterol-smashing beta-sitosterol than any other fruits. Make your own guacamole by mixing avocado with lime and salt.
Dark or semi-sweet chocolate. Cocoa powder contains compounds that protect against heart disease, stroke and cancer and are high in antioxidants. Nuff said.
Flaxseed oil. Amazing source of omega-3, which is good for everything from protecting against cancer to preventing Alzheimer’s. Use cold in salads or smoothies.
Macadamia nuts. These heart-healthy nuts also contain fiber for digestion, while trace mineral selenium is good anti-oxidant. Delicious as is.
Natural peanut butter. This creamy spread boasts vitamin E, magnesium, potassium and B6. Can be eaten virtually any way — as you Americans well know.
Pistachios. Contain lutein and zeaxanthin, two beta carotenoids which protect against age-related vision loss. Delicious in homemade granola.
Walnuts. High in omega-3 fatty acids, walnuts protect your heart and preserve your noggin. Cranberry walnut bread is a delectable treat.
And the best part? Having a flatter stomach never tasted so good!
(via AOL body)