The "green" Mediterranean diet reduces visceral fat twice as much as the regular Mediterranean diet, say scientists from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
The "green" Mediterranean diet differs from its usual version in that it includes green tea, walnuts, and mancaya, a close relative of the common marsh caddis. Mancaya is rich in protein, iron, vitamins including B12, minerals, and polyphenols. It can be consumed in place of meat, and the "green" diet does not exclude meat and fish from the diet.
The scientists used data on 294 volunteers who were divided into three groups. The first group ate according to the rules of the Mediterranean diet for a year and a half, the second - its "green" variant, and the third stuck to the usual proper diet. The analysis showed that the green Mediterranean diet reduced visceral fat by 14%, the Mediterranean diet by 7%, and a normal healthy diet by 4.5%. The study was published in the journal BMC Medicine.
Most of the fat in the human body is located under the skin, and is usually fairly easy to get rid of. Visceral fat, on the other hand, accumulates deep inside the body, between the organs in the abdomen. It is difficult to get rid of it; moreover it is much more dangerous than usual fat, because it increases the risk of many serious diseases.