reprinted from RealAge.com
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Did you know that besides doing wonders for your health, a certain nutrient group might also help keep your pants size down?
It's true. Flavonoids — those antioxidant-like compounds found in fruits, veggies, chocolate, tea, and wine — seemed to help ward off belly fat in a 14-year study.
Specifically, catechins, flavonols, and flavones — types of flavonoids — may help curb belly bulge by improving the body's metabolic profile, the researchers noted. So where can you get your fair share? The study participants got most of theirs from pears, apples, tea, chocolate, broad beans, onions, leeks, and sweet peppers. Pretty tasty choices.
Interestingly, only the women in the study experienced a waistline benefit from flavonoids. But because flavonoid-rich foods like fruits and veggies are often low in calories, they're still a smart choice for anyone who is weight conscious. Is your waist size where it should be?