‘Delicious combination’: Two breakfast staples can burn visceral fat when eaten together
Visceral fat is hidden deep inside the abdominal cavity, surrounding some vital organs such as the liver and pancreas. This complex arrangement makes the fatty substance a smoking gun – it can cause serious health problems, from heart disease to diabetes. The good news is that simple dietary adjustments can go a long way when trying to eliminate the culprit.
From muesli dipped in milk to scrambled eggs on toast, the importance of breakfast has been unchallenged for years.
What’s more, a study published in the journal Nutrients suggests that two breakfast staples can help reduce visceral fat when eaten together.
If you prefer to keep it simple and stick with a quick toast and coffee, there is something you can do.
The research team decided to investigate the relationship between daily consumption of coffee or green tea with and without bread.
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In a study of 3,539 participants, the researchers observed the effects of these two nutritional protocols on obesity, visceral adiposity, and metabolic syndrome.
If you’re not aware, metabolic syndrome describes a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity.
At the end of the study, the team found that the combination of daily coffee and bread at breakfast time was associated with “significantly” lower levels of visceral fat. However, green tea has not shown the same benefits.
Nutrition expert Penny Weston, director of Moddershall Oaks Country Spa Retreat and founder of MADE, said: “Coffee and bread for breakfast is definitely a delicious combination.
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“Coffee contains caffeine and is also found in many fat burning supplements.
“It is known to help mobilize fats from adipose tissue and help improve metabolism.
“[But]bread is not generally associated with a reduction in visceral adiposity, and the study does suggest that the result may be due to an increase in coffee intake while eating bread.”
One limitation of the study was that it did not specify what type of coffee and bread the participants consumed in the morning.
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“I would say that if you add sugar to your coffee and add butter and marmalade to your bread, you won’t see much benefit,” the expert added.
Also, this is not the first study linking bread to lower levels of visceral fat. A study published in the journal Plant Foods for Human Nutrition found that whole wheat bread was able to “significantly” reduce belly fat in 12 weeks.
Weston said: “Studies have shown that whole grain wheat bread may be associated with a reduction in visceral fat obesity.
“[This] bread is a source of soluble fiber, which has been previously shown to promote weight loss.”
Soluble fiber helps absorb water and form a gel that helps slow the passage of food through your digestive system, helping you feel full longer so you end up eating less.
As for the amount of bread and coffee that can be enjoyed at the same time, the study did not specify what is needed to achieve the reduction.
Weston added: “A 2020 study by the Harvard School of Public Health found that four cups of coffee a day can reduce body fat by four percent.
“However, I advise people to drink coffee in moderation, as too much caffeine can have other side effects such as headaches, heart palpitations, nervousness, and insomnia.
“Bread, especially wholemeal, grain or black bread, is a healthy choice as part of a balanced diet because it contains B vitamins, vitamin E, fiber and other minerals. Again, I wouldn’t recommend eating too much.”
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