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What superfoods can help reduce stomach fat?

Kate Geagan
Nutrition & Dietetics
In addition to a diet loaded with fruits and vegetables and whole, minimally processed foods that look like they do in nature, try these three belly-blasting superfoods to help you shed excess pounds around your middle:

1. Goldenberry: This succulent, bright yellow fruit is native to the South American tropics and is rich in B complex vitamins that play an important role in maximizing your body's fat-burning abilities. For a little berry, it packs a burst of sweet/tart taste similar to a candied lemon; when dried it's a bit bigger than a plump raisin -- and makes a delicious alternative.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, vice-chair and professor of Surgery at Columbia University and director of the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital, prescribes one-quarter cup dry or one-half cup fresh counts as a serving of fruit. It's delicious in smoothies, salads, or paired with creamy avocado (rich in monounsaturated fats, which also has been linked to shedding belly fat) as a snack.

2. Miso: Why it's a superfood -- A traditional food of fermented soybeans which hails from Japan, authentic miso is brimming with good-for-your-belly probiotics, which help keep our gut flora healthy. Dr. Oz also recently discussed how this Japanese food lowers triglycerides, the fat in your blood that contributes to belly fat.

Dr. Oz's Prescription: Pick up instant miso soup mix in the supermarket, but look for low-sodium varieties. Alternately, look for traditional red or white miso (sold as a paste) in the refrigerated natural food section of your grocery store. It makes simple but satisfying soup (simply add hot water), or an absolutely delicious marinade for fish.

3. Sauerkraut: Directly translated from German as "sour cabbage," this traditional fermented food delivers gut-friendly flora that boost digestion and can reduce belly inflammation. Sauerkraut's signature sour taste comes as the added bacteria ferment the naturally occurring sugars in the cabbage into lactic acid; it should keep for months.

Dr. Oz's Prescription: Check the label carefully and buy only traditional fermented sauerkraut and not one of the more commercially heat-treated brands (which many are), as that will destroy the beneficial bacteria. Top your next turkey sandwich with a half-cup for a zingy, nutrient-packed punch.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.