NutritionFacts.org

body fat

Given otherwise comparable diets, the protein in soy causes abdominal fat to shrink 10-15 square centimeters, whereas the protein in milk may cause abdominal fat to increase 20-40 square centimeters (see also here). Soy appears to prevent human fat cells from taking up fat. Turmeric is also thought to have this effect on fat cells. It has been estimated that, on average, an inch is added onto the waist for every burger consumed per day. Conversely, bean consumption has been associated with lower body weights and smaller waist circumferences in adults.

A chicken virus has been discovered that actually causes obesity in chickens. It may even be a contributing factor in human obesity. Chicken meat today contains over 200 calories and 23 grams of fat per serving compared to chicken meat a hundred years ago, which only had 16 calories per serving and 2 grams of fat. This could help explain why chicken has been so tied to human abdominal girth.

Dioxins are toxic waste pollutants that accumulate in the fatty tissues of food animals consumed by humans (see also here). PCBs (found in fish oil) have been found to induce inflammation that promotes obesity. And other chemical obesogens may also be contributing factors in the obesity epidemic, possibly through the disruption of metabolism.

Topic summary contributed by Denise.
To help out on the site, email volunteer@nutritionfacts.org

Watch videos about body fat

  • Are Sugary Foods Addictive?
    Are Sugary Foods Addictive?
    Evidence from PET scans suggests brain activity changes from the overconsumption of sugar may parallel that of drug addiction. Diminished “pleasure center” dopamine pathway sensitivity in obese...
  • BRCA Breast Cancer Genes and Soy
    BRCA Breast Cancer Genes and Soy
    One reason why soy consumption is associated with improved survival and lower recurrence rates in breast cancer patients may be because soy phytonutrients appear to improve the expression of tumor...
  • Tell Your Doctor If You Eat Grapefruit
    Tell Your Doctor If You Eat Grapefruit
    The role white and pink (red) grapefruit may play in weight loss and cholesterol control, as well as the suppression of drug clearance enzymes within the body.
  • Heart Disease Starts in Childhood
    Heart Disease Starts in Childhood
    By age 10, nearly all kids have fatty streaks in their arteries. This is the first sign of atherosclerosis, the leading cause of death in the United States. So the question for most of us is not...
  • Changing Our Taste Buds
    Changing Our Taste Buds
    Within a few weeks of eating healthier, our taste sensations change such that foods with lower salt, sugar, and fat content actually taste better.
  • Tricks to Get Adults to Eat Healthier
    Tricks to Get Adults to Eat Healthier
    Changing food perceptions and incorporating pureed vegetables into entrees can improve the dietary quality of kids and grown-ups.
  • Reducing Muscle Fatigue With Citrus
    Reducing Muscle Fatigue With Citrus
    Daily citrus fruit consumption during athletic training may reduce muscle fatigue, as evidenced by lower blood lactate concentrations.
  • Can Cellulite Be Treated With Diet?
    Can Cellulite Be Treated With Diet?
    Two theories about the build-up of subcutaneous fat, involving the chemical spermine and the hormone adiponectin, suggest a plant-based diet may help with cellulite.
Page 2 of 612345...Last »