#Men’sHealthMonday: Belly Fat is Bad, Bad News

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tamh - fat man - free to use commercially via bing imagesCall it what you will: beer belly, love handles, gut, spare tire, or anything else. Whatever the words, they’re all referring to the same thing: belly fat, which is one of the most common types of fat for men. As you’ve no doubt noticed, as we gain weight, our thighs, legs, and arms usually don’t change much. Instead, our fat tends to accumulate around the chest, neck, and stomach. Women, on the other hand, tend to store their fat a little lower, around the butt and thighs. Fat, no matter where it’s stored, is a pretty clear indicator that you’re out of shape, and it can negatively affect your self-esteem. But that’s just the beginning. Unlike fat in other areas, having belly fat increases your risk of developing a number of serious health conditions, some of which are perfectly capable of killing you.

Is All Belly Fat the Same?
In short, No. Belly fat comes in two very different varieties. First, there’s subcutaneous (which literally means “under the skin”) belly fat, which is found, well, just under the skin. Subcutaneous fat around your belly is no different than subcutaneous fat anywhere else on your body, whether it’s your butt, your arms, your legs, or your toes. It’s the fat that you can pinch between your fingers. Aside from being unsightly and a clear indication that you need to lose weight, subcutaneous fat isn’t particularly dangerous.
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Weight Loss? There May Be a Pill for That

Anyone who’s ever tried to lose weight has wished they could pop a pill and be done with the whole thing. And we have no doubt that whoever invents that pill will make billions. Over the years, there have been a few drugs that helped with weight management, but in most cases, the side-effects were […]

Pomegranates: The New Miracle Food?

Pomegranates have been around since the beginning of time—legend has it that Adam and Eve snacked on them in the Garden of Eden—and the odd-looking fruit’s benefits have been known for nearly as long. Here are a few reasons you should rush out to your nearest grocer and pick up a few of these odd-looking […]

Spit or Swallow? No, It’s Not What You Think

Next time you’re at the produce section of your favorite grocery store and are faced with a choice between seedless grapes and non-seedless, go for the seeds.  Sure, those little seeds are annoying and most people just spit them out. But after you read this, you may want to rethink that.

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Think walnuts are good for you? Well, they may be illegal!

I can see it now…. A guy in a dark hoodie approaches you on the street, looks right, then left to make sure he hasn’t been followed, and then says, “Hey, buddy, want to buy some walnuts?”

Sounds pretty crazy, doesn’t it? But in yet another example of loony government regulations, here are some actual excerpts from a letter the U. S. FDA (Food and Drug Adminisration) wrote to Diamond Foods, a huge California-based nut grower.

  • “Based on our review, we have concluded that your walnut products are in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) and the applicable regulations in Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR).”
  • “Based on claims made on your firm’s website, we have determined that your walnut products are promoted for conditions that cause them to be drugs because these products are intended for use in the prevention, mitigation, and treatment of disease. The following are examples of the claims made on your firm’s website under the heading of a web page stating ‘OMEGA-3s … Every time you munch a few walnuts, you’re doing your body a big favor.'”
  • “Because of these intended uses, your walnut products are drugs within the meaning of section 201 (g)(1)(B) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 321(g)(B)]. Your walnut products are also new drugs under section 201(p) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 321(p)] because they are not generally recognized as safe and effective for the above referenced conditions. Therefore, under section 505(a) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 355(a)], they may not be legally marketed with the above claims in the United States without an approved new drug application.”

It just gets crazier from there. Here’s a link to the letter on the FDA’s website. This is so idiotic that I’m guessing it’ll be taken down soon. If you can’t find it, email me and I’ll send you a pdf screen shot. http://www.fda.gov/iceci/enforcementactions/warningletters/ucm202825.htm