August 18, 2008

Visceral Fat: Yes, It’s As Bad As It Sounds


Guys, here are a couple of simple dietary steps you can take to improve your health.

First off, that gut needs to go. Here's why.

"The accumulation of fat around the abdomen is particularly common in men and is particularly dangerous, too," said CeCe Davis, registered licensed dietitian and owner of Nutrition Consultants of Tulsa. "Two-thirds of men are overweight or obese. That means a waist measurement of over 40."

The reason gut fat is so dangerous is because it's a sticky kind of fat, known as visceral fat, that sticks the organs and increases the risk for diabetes, cancer, hypertension and sleep apnea.

The biggest problem when it comes to the gut is there is not "good" fat.

"Even the good fats like olive oil and nut oil, in this example, are still fats, even though they're 'good' fats. They're going to contribute to weight problems and settle in that problem area," Davis said.

That means you should focus on a low-fat diet and eat lean proteins.

"The old adage 'Go with the surf, not the turf' is imperative to men's health," Davis said. "It's a good source of omega-3 fats, and it's lower in fat than red meat."

Some studies show that eating fish may also help protect against prostate cancer, Davis said.

Get your lycopenes

Eating at least two servings a week of a tomato-sauce product, preferably on pasta and not something covered in cheese, may also help in the prostate department.

That's because of lycopene, an antioxidant found in the prostate gland. Lycopene gives tomatoes their red color.

"There's been some studies, and I want to emphasize some, that recently looked at lycopene and found a 20 percent decrease in the risk of prostate cancer," Davis said.

Another thing you should have in your diet is 15 milligrams of zinc, which can be found in chicken and other low-fat proteins or in a once-a-day multivitamin.

"You want to stay at 15 milligrams; you don't want to have a larger dose than that because it could increase the risk," Davis said. "A good multivitamin with 100 percent of the daily recommended doses is really, really important for men and prostate health."

Mike Averill 581-8489

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Originally published by MIKE AVERILL World Scene Writer.

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