How can oranges and avocados help me reduce belly fat?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
In Italy, there’s a saying: “What grows together goes together.” In my book, citrus and avocados are a perfect example! Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps to reduce our body’s levels of cortisol, the flight-or-flight hormone released in response to stress. This is key because research has found elevated cortisol to be associated with significantly higher amounts of belly fat.

Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat (MUFA), and a growing body of evidence suggests a reduced-calorie diet rich in MUFAs can help control blood sugar, trim belly fat, and even visceral fat (located deep in your abdomen and linked to a higher risk of diabetes) more effectively than a low-fat, high-carb eating plan.

Simply slice up half an avocado with orange slices, drizzle with a little olive oil (another MUFA), and add a dash of kosher salt for a delicious snack with staying power.
This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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