If you want a flatter stomach, cutting calories and exercising are must-dos. But new research also shows some foods may have waist-shrinking (and consequent health-boosting) properties. Here are some tummy tamers to add to your diet:
Canola oil: Already dubbed a heart-healthy cooking oil, canola now touts another boon: When Brazilian researchers fed rats a diet containing either canola or soybean oil for two months, the canola eaters gained nearly 20 percent less fat in and around the organs of the belly (also known as visceral fat) than those who chowed on the soybean-oil-enriched diet.
Though researchers can't say exactly how much canola oil people would need to include in their diet to achieve this effect, they believe that canola oil's high omega-3 content lowers
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The vegetarian diet burned more deep (visceral) abdominal fat, as well as that extra layer just under the skin (subcutaneous fat), explains lead researcher Dr. Hana Kahleova, with the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine in Prague.
Red peppers: In a recent Journal of Nutrition study, Dutch researchers asked 374 men about the foods they ate most frequently.
They found that those whose diets contained the most