Did you know that there is a specific class of vegetables that contain very unique phytonutrients that actually help to fight against stubborn belly fat?
Before I explain what these unique vegetables are and why they help to burn stomach fat, a few words about phytonutrients: These are chemicals produced by plants that can also provide significant health benefits for humans who eat plant food. Phytonutrient-rich foods include colorful fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts tea, whole grains and many spices.
Chemicals that force your body to hold onto belly fat
Now... something you may have never heard about is that certain chemicals in our food supply and our environment, such as pesticides, herbicides, and certain petrochemicals from air and water pollution, household cleaners, plastics, cosmetics, etc can react with your hormones and make your body store excess abdominal fat.
These harmful chemicals are known as xenoestrogens
Xenoestrogens are chemicals that you are exposed to (and are hard to avoid in the modern world) that have an estrogenic effect in your body. Excess exposure to these can cause hormone balance disruptions for both men and women. So if you thought this article was just for the guys, these chemicals can wreak havoc in the body for both sexes.
These estrogenic chemicals that we are exposed to on a daily basis can stimulate your body to store belly fat, along with many other problems (including cancer risks in the long term).
So here's where this specific class of vegetables comes in handy...
One cool trick taught by a mentor of mine whenever he's counseling on nutrition is the use of cruciferous vegetables to help fight against stomach fat.
Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, bok choy, cabbage, etc. contain very specific and unique phytonutrients such as indole-3-carbinol (I3C) that help to fight against these estrogenic compounds.
And by fighting against these belly-fat stimulating estrogenic chemicals, this is just 1 more step in helping you win the battle against abdominal fat!
So there you go... just another excuse to do what mom always told you, and eat more broccoli and cauliflower!
I've really learned to like brussels sprouts in the last year too... Melt a little grass-fed cheese on them and some garlic and they're great!
Although this class of vegetables may be a super-healthy choice for achieving your lean, strong, and energetic body, you should know that there are at least 23 popular foods that most people falsely think are "healthy", but they actually HARM your metabolism and pack on belly fat. Included in that list of 23 is the WORST type of MILK you should never drink...
These 23 "healthy" foods HARM your metabolism and PACK on belly fat (Avoid these)