Top Irradiated Foods To Avoid

Top Irradiated Foods To Avoid

Irradiated Food - How safe are they?
Irradiated Food – How safe are they?

The list of radiated foods differs by country, as each state has its own policies and processes. In the U.S.A., the list of affected foods includes the following, which are most likely to be irradiated:

  • Many spices and vegetable seasonings:
  • White potatoes
  • Wheat, flour, wheat powder
  • Fresh produce
  • Fresh meat and poultry of all kinds


Foods treated with gamma-radiation are marked with the international symbol for irradiation:

Radura - an international symbol that the food has been irradiated with a high dosage of electromagnetic / ionizing radiation rays
Radura – an international symbol that the food has been irradiated with a high dosage of electromagnetic / ionizing radiation rays

And should, in the United States, contain the words “Treated with Radiation,” or “Treated by Irradiation,” on the package.

Countries that Irradiate their foods
Countries that Irradiate their foods

Countries that Irradiate their Foods

Below is a list of the countries that either use irradiation for commercial use or have approved food irradiation.

– Bangladesh
– China
– India
– Indonesia
– Iran
– Japan
– Korea
– Thailand

– Algeria
– South Africa

South America
– Argentina
– Brazil
– Chile
– Peru

Black Flag: Countries with Commercial Irradiation of Food

– Belgium
– Croatia
– Czech Republic
– Denmark
– Finland
– France
– Germany
– Hungary
– Israel
– Netherlands
– Norway
– Poland
– Ukraine
– United Kingdom
– Yugoslavia

North America
– Canada
– Cuba
– Mexico
– United States

Yellow Flag: Countries with Approval of Food Irradiation

– Pakistan
– Phillippines
– Russian Federation
– Syria
– Italy
– Spain

South America
– Costa Rica
– Uruguay

How do I know if my food is irradiated?
How do I know if my food is irradiated?

How Will I Know if My Food Has Been Irradiated?

FDA requires that irradiated foods bear the international symbol for irradiation. Look for the Radura symbol along with the statement “Treated with radiation” or “Treated by irradiation” on the food label.

Bulk foods, such as fruits and vegetables, are required to be individually labelled or to have a label next to the sale container.

FDA does not require that individual ingredients in multi-ingredient foods (e.g., spices) be labelled.

Irradiated Food will still require proper food-handling practices
Irradiated Food will still require proper food-handling practices

It is important to remember that irradiation is not a replacement for proper food-handling practices by producers, processors and consumers. Irradiated foods need to be stored, handled and cooked in the same way as non-irradiated foods, because they could still become contaminated with disease-causing organisms after irradiation if the rules of basic food safety are not followed.


What Foods Have Been Approved for Irradiation?
What Foods Have Been Approved for Irradiation?

FDA has approved a variety of foods for irradiation in the United States including:

  • Beef and Pork
  • Crustaceans (e.g., lobster, shrimp, and crab)
  • Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
  • Lettuce and Spinach
  • Molluscan Shellfish (e.g., oysters, clams, mussels, and scallops)
  • Poultry
  • Seeds for Sprouting (e.g., for alfalfa sprouts)
  • Shell Eggs
  • Spices and Seasonings



Why Irradiate Food?
Why Irradiate Food?

Why Irradiation of Food

FDA says that Irradiated Food serves the following objectives:

  • Prevention of Foodborne Illness – irradiation can be used to effectively eliminate organisms that cause foodborne illness, such as Salmonella and Escherichia coli (E. coli).
  • Preservation – irradiation can be used to destroy or inactivate organisms that cause spoilage and decomposition and extend the shelf life of foods.
  • Control of Insects – irradiation can be used to destroy insects in or on tropical fruits imported into the United States. Irradiation also decreases the need for other pest-control practices that may harm the fruit.
  • Delay of Sprouting and Ripening – irradiation can be used to inhibit sprouting (e.g., potatoes) and delay ripening of fruit to increase longevity.
  • Sterilization – irradiation can be used to sterilize foods, which can then be stored for years without refrigeration. Sterilized foods are useful in hospitals for patients with severely impaired immune systems, such as patients with AIDS or undergoing chemotherapy. Foods that are sterilized by irradiation are exposed to substantially higher levels of treatment than those approved for general use.
Irradiate Food - most of it is unlabelled at the store shelves
Irradiate Food – most of it is unlabelled at the store shelves

The Dangers of Food Irradiation

What’s Wrong with Food Irradiation?

Irradiation damages the quality of food.

Foods that have been exposed to ionizing radiation compromises their nutrition and freshness especially vitamins C, E, K and B Complex. It destroys the antioxidant effect in foods exposing you to harmful free radicals. Irradiation it creates dirty food.

Irradiation produces toxic byproducts in the food.

New new radiolytic products, some of which are toxic (benzene, formaldehyde, lipid peroxides) may be created which can lead to increased tumors, reproductive failures and kidney damage. Chromosomal abnormalities occurred in children from India who were fed freshly irradiated wheat.

Irradiation using radioactive materials is an environmental hazard.

Leakage of radioactive water from processing plants and transport vehicles will have a big impact on the ecosystem. The clean up costs will be exhorbitant, not counting human medical costs from this pollution as we have found out from Georgia and New Jersey.

Irradiation is a quick fix with long-term consequences.

Irradiation doesn’t kill all bacteria; those that survive are radiation-resistant. Eventually these bacteria will require higher doses of radiation. Irradiation doesn’t kill the bacterium that causes botulism, or viruses. It can’t be used on dairy products, a major source of food poisoning.

Irradiation doesn’t solve the problem, it just covers it up.

In a 1997 CBS nationwide poll, 77% of US consumers did not want irradiated food. This public resistance is why food trade associations have been plotting to eliminate all requirements for labelling irradiated food.

There are better ways of maintaining clean and sustainable food. Cleaning up filthy slaughter houses, slowing down processing lines, increasing the number of federal meat inspectors, and encouraging local and organic agriculture instead of factory farming are just a few proposals that can lead to long-term food safety solutions without the risks of irradiation.

Possible risks of the poisoning of food through irradiation
Possible risks of the poisoning of food through irradiation

The Alternative to Irradiated Food

The best way to avoid irradiated food is to eat organic foods {click this link to organic foods)

The best way to avoid irradiated food is to eat organic – Irradiated Foods by Nancy Long



Eat Organic and stay Healthy
Eat Organic Foods and stay Healthy

The Importance of Real Food – Organically Farmed Foods

First and foremost, eating real food is a foundational basic for optimizing your health—and your physical performance. If it’s beneficial for the “regular Joe,” you can be sure it’s going to be beneficial for athletes as well.

Choosing organic, whole (meaning unprocessed) foods, grown without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers or genetically engineered organisms (GMO) is key, as avoiding toxins is just as important as getting a wide variety of nutrients.

While conventionally-grown and organic crops often contain about the same amount of nutrients, one key nutritional difference between them is their antioxidant content.

Research has shown organic fruits and vegetables can contain anywhere from 18-69 percent more antioxidants than conventionally-grown varieties. Many of these antioxidants have been linked to a reduced risk of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and neurodegenerative diseases and certain cancers.

Nutritionally depleted foods means less nutrient density in foods
Nutritionally depleted foods means less nutrient density in foods
Mineral content in Organic vs conventional foods
Mineral content in Organic vs conventional foods

Organic Foods are Nutrient Dense

Unfortunately, the nutrient content of foods has dramatically declined across the board since the introduction of mechanized farming in 1925. As a general rule, it’s the health of the soil that to a large degree dictates the quality of the food, 2,3 with healthy microbe-rich soil producing higher levels of nutrients in the crop.

Mechanical, chemical-based farming destroys the soil, thereby making it more challenging to grow healthy nutritious foods. Processing has further worsened the nutritional value of the standard American diet (SAD).

The sad fact is, most of the food consumed by Americans today is not real food—it’s genetically engineered (GE), saturated with pesticides and added chemicals, and processed in a number of different ways. Many are so used to pre-packaged foods, they struggle to understand what real food is.

Toxins not Calories should be your priority when selecting food
Toxins not Calories should be your priority when selecting food

How to Identify Real Organic Food

If you fall into this category, here’s a quick summary of real food versus the processed “food products” that most people eat:


Naturally and organically grown fruits and vegetables don’t look isame. Their colour, shape, structure will never be the same. If all the produce look identical, it could mean that the products have been chemically altered eg bleached the same colour.

Size Up

If the produce looks bigger in size than usually found on supermarket shelves, it could usually mean that the plants had been articificially altered with growth chemicals.

Difference between organic and non-organic.
Difference between organic and non-organic.

Insect Activity

If your grains, veggies and fruits have signs of worms or insect activity, it means that they have been grown naturally. If the leaves look perfect with no holes, it means that the plants is sprayed with high doses of pesticides. No amount of washing can completely remove the chemicals on these foods. If you do buy them, give them a thorough washing followed by a final rinse of salt water for two-three minutes. This helps remove germs and residue.


Today, many vegetables and fruits are harvested when they are still not matured. These plant foods are then spraying of acetylene gas to accelerate the ripening process. These products will not be as tasty as naturally ripened foods.


Organic feels healthier, is far lighter on the digestive system and also helps reduce acidity and gas related GI issues.

The Smell Test

Naturally grown produce have a nicer aroma and texture due to the naturally ripening process. Unfortunately, some companies will try to fool us by spraying artificial scents to create the original fragrance. You end up with the product that is not only nutritionless but also worthless.

Cook Faster

Organically grown food always cooks much faster. Food with pesticides needs to be cooked for much longer periods.

Read Labels

Read the label and check for any preservatives present in the product; most preservatives are petroleum based and have ingredients that don’t have natural names.


4 digit PLU — price look up code — the sticker basically means grown with pesticides;
5 digit PLU codes

  • starting with 8 means GM grown,
  • 5 digit codes starting with 9 means organically grown.
Know your organic PLU codes before buying food products
Know your organic PLU codes before buying food products

Shelf Life

It is a myth that organic fruits and vegetables spoil faster; stored in a refrigerator they last for a long time.

Nearly all diseases can be traced to nutritional deficiency. Nearly all diseases can be traced to nutritional deficiency.
Nearly all diseases can be traced to nutritional deficiency. Nearly all diseases can be traced to nutritional deficiency.

Why Eating Organic should be your Priority – GMOs

GMOs (or “genetically modified organisms”) are organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering, or GE. This relatively new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional cross-breeding methods.

For consumers, it can be difficult to stay up-to-date on food ingredients that are at-risk of being genetically modified, as the list of at-risk agricultural ingredients is frequently changing. The Non-GMO Project website provides information about developments in the GE industry which can impact on your health.

Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with genetically modified (GM) food (AAEM 2009),” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. The AAEM has asked physicians to advise all patients to avoid GM foods.

Top 5 Reasons to choose Organic

6 Potential Health Risks of Eating GMO Foods

  1. Toxicity
  2. Allergic Reactions
  3. Antibiotic Resistance
  4. Immuno-suppression
  5. Cancer
  6. Loss of Nutrition

You can get comprehensive information of risks of consuming GMO / GE Foods by checking the Institute of Responsible Technology website.

Seeds Of Death GMO’s EXPOSED – Full Documentary (1 hr 19 mins video)

Are Organic Foods Expensive? Consider the Real Costs

Mineral content in Organic vs conventional foods
Mineral content in Organic vs conventional foods

Why are Organic Foods Expensive?

  1. No chemicals = more labor
  2. Demand overwhelms supply
  3. Higher cost of fertilizer for organic crops
  4. Crop rotation
  5. Post-harvest handling cost
  6. Organic certification
  7. Cost of covering higher loss
  8. Better living conditions for livestock
  9. Organic food grows more slowly
  10. Less Government Subsidies

Will the cost of organic food ever drop?
A article stated that the price premium for organic food should decrease with the development of “more accurate pricing schemes, increased demand and improved production efficiencies. But still, chances are a premium will remain due to the costs built into the organic industry.”

You are what you eat. Every 35 days, your skin replaces itself and your body makes new cells from the food you eat. What you eat literally becomes you.
You are what you eat. Every 35 days, your skin replaces itself and your body makes new cells from the food you eat. What you eat literally becomes you. Junk Food = Junk Body

What will your choice be? Organic or non-organic? – Organic Food by Nancy Long






This sequel to Leil’s international top selling “How to Talk to Anyone” makes you a master communicator with 96 all new cutting-edge communication “Little Tricks” for big success in business and social relationships―in person, by email, and on the phone. It has been praised as the 21st century version of “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” and was nominated one of the five best books in psychology by “Books for a Better Life!”.

This book is like a continuation to Leil Lowndes‘ How to Talk to Anyone. You should read that book first since it covers the basics, before reading this one.

The author introduces the psychologically sound concept, “Emotional Prediction” or E.P. which you can employ with everyone. Here are the ten sections of the book:


This book starts off fairly strong, with some good advice for actually connecting with people during conversations (tricks to improve eye contact, how to figure out what topics will be relevant to the person you’re talking to, etc.) But later it devolves into a bit of an etiquette guide. A lot of the tips are a bit common-sense-y, but some of them are just ridiculous. The author is apparently the most sensitive person EVER- here’s a brief list of what’s apparently not-okay to say:

“Little tricks” include:
– When meeting someone new, press their pulse.
– Don’t pat when you hug.
– Hover around to see where they sit first.
– Give people a schtick name.
– Speak s-l-o-w-l-y for non-native speakers.
– Don’t speak of your “haves” with “have-nots”.
– Wave to imaginary friends.

“This is my friend, Harry.” Because Harry is a PERSON with a NAME so you should always say “This is Harry, my friend.” Same with spouses



– Paperback: 336 pages


Introduction: What Determines Social and Professional Success?

Part One: Seven Little Tricks to Make a Great Impression BEFORE People Even Meet You

  1. How to Develop Excellent Eye Contact in Ten Easy Steps
  2. How to Use Your Eyes to Make People Crave Your Approval
  3. How to Wear Confi dence When Meeting People
  4. How to Make People Appreciate Your Introduction
  5. How to Get Th em “Dying to Meet You”
  6. How to Make Everyone Anxious to Hear Your Opinion

Part Two: Eleven Little Tricks to Take the “Hell” Out of “Hello” and Put the “Good” in “Good-Bye”

  1. How to Have a One-of-a-Kind, Noticeably Outstanding Handshake
  2. How to Exchange Business Cards with Class
  3. How to Be a Successful Networking Conversationalist
  4. How to Give—or Avoid—Social Hugs
  5. How to Detect if Someone’s Hug Is Fake
  6. How to Show You Like Someone Without Being Forward
  7. How to Play It Cool or Play It Hot in Business and Love
  8. How to Say Hello to Prestigious People
  9. How to Meet the People You Want
  10. How to Make a Great Last Impression

Part Three: Twelve Little Tricks to Develop an Extraordinary Gift of Gab

  1. How to Get Lively Conversation Going with People You’ve Just Met
  2. How to Start a Friendship with Complete Strangers
  3. How to Never Hesitate Starting or Joining a Conversation
  4. How to Make Your Point When You Keep Getting Interrupted
  5. How to Make Friends with Th ose Who Don’t Speak Your Native Language
  6. How to Tailor Your Talk to Your Listener(s)
  7. How to Talk to Less Advantaged People
  8. How to Save Someone from “Dying of Embarrassment”
  9. How to Smoothly Change the Subject
  10. How to Know When to Never Change the Subject
  11. How to Not Give the Same Answer Twice

Part Four: Ten Little Tricks to Actually ENJOY Parties!

  1. How to Make Friends at a Big Party
  2. How to Meet the People You Want in an Unusual Way
  3. How to Never Look Lost and Lonely at a Gathering
  4. How to Ask Great Conversation-Starter Questions
  5. How to Save Face When You’ve Forgotten a Name
  6. How to Hide the Fact Th at You Haven’t a Clue What Th ey’re Talking About
  7. How to Get away from Nonstop Talkers
  8. How to Deal with VIPs at Social Events

Part Five: Five Little Tricks to Handle Invitations: The Good, the Bad, and the Bummers

  1. How to Increase the Chances of Someone Saying “Yes” to Your Invitation
  2. How to Turn Someone Down While Retaining His or Her Affection
  3. How to Handle an Unavoidable Bummer
  4. How to Prevent People Wishing They’d Never Invited You
  5. How to Impress Guests

Part Six: Thirteen Little Tricks to Be a Cool Communicator

  1. How to Play It Cool When You’re Late
  2. How to Come Out Smelling like a Rose When You’re as Guilty as Heck
  3. How to Come Across as Dependable and Competent
  4. How to Talk Behind People’s Backs so They Love It
  5. How to Make Everyone Comfortable Speaking with You
  6. How to Make People Look Up to You
  7. How to Exude a More Authoritative Air
  8. How to Make Your Signature 21 Percent More Prestigious
  9. How to Laugh Your Way to Being Respected
  10. How to Escape Bores Without Hurting Their Feelings
  11. How to Read People’s Minds

Part Seven: Twelve Little Tricks to Avoid the Thirteen Most Common Dumb Things You Should NEVER Say or Do

  1. How to Avoid People Thinking You Have No Status at Your Job
  2. How to Avoid Sounding like Someone Else Rules Your Life
  3. How to Avoid People Saying “Get a Life!”
  4. How to Know When Not to Be Friendly
  5. How to Avoid Sounding Dishonest
  6. How to Avoid Sounding Immature
  7. How to Avoid Big Cats Considering You Commonplace
  8. How to Avoid Common Dumb Phrases People Say All the Time
  9. How to Avoid Alienating Friends When Traveling
  10. How to Avoid a Common Holiday Custom That Makes You Look like a Little Puss to Big Cats

Part Eight: Eleven Little Tricks to Give Your E-Mail Today’s Personality and Tomorrow’s Professionalism

  1. How to Prove You Are Special When You Are Out of the Office
  2. How to Make People Smile When They See Your Message
  3. How to Make Your E-Mail Sound Confident
  4. How to Avoid Sounding Egotistical in Your E-Mail
  5. How to Sound like You Have a Crystal Ball
  6. How to Avoid Making People Think You’re Goofing Off at Work
  7. How to Avoid E-Mail Humiliation—or Worse!
  8. How to Sign Your Messages in the New Millennium

Part Nine: Ten Little Tricks to Make a Big Impression on Your Cell (a.k.a. “Phone”)

  1. How to Know When to E-Mail, When to Phone
  2. How to Boost Their Self-Esteem with Your Cell Phone
  3. How to Deal with a Caller When You
  4. Don’t Know Who the Heck It Is
  5. How to Get Rid of “Talk Your Ear Off ” People
  6. How to Please Th em by Hanging Up on Them
  7. How to Sound Cool Giving Your Phone Number
  8. How to Impress Th em with Your Voice Mail Message
  9. How to Make Your Phone Voice “Music to Their Ears”
  10. How the Phone Can Reveal Who the Boss Is in a Relationship

Part Ten: Five Little Tricks to Deepen the Relationships You Already Have

  1. How to Win Th eir Hearts—a Year Later!
  2. How to Make Th em Always Remember Your “Thank You”
  3. How to Give Th em Compliments They’ll Never Forget
  4. How to Enhance Your Relationship with Your Partner
  5. How to React When Your Partner Calls You the Wrong Name

A Final Visit to the Laboratory


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A healthy heart (on the left) and a heart encased with dangerous visceral fat (on the right)
A healthy heart (on the left) and a heart encased with dangerous epicardial visceral fat (on the right)

What is Visceral Fat?

Visceral Fat is known by many names like skinny fat, deep fat, killer fat, deadly fat, toxic fat, hidden fat, flat belly fat, beer belly, Abdominal Obesity, internal fat, invisible fat, epicardial fat, etc.  

Many diet plans focus on weight loss instead of fat loss. This is a major mistake that will have serious ramifications to your health especially on your bones and muscle mass.

Visceral or “deep” fat wraps around the inner organs and spells trouble for your health. How do you know if you have it? “If you have a large waist or belly, of course you have visceral fat,” Whitmer says. Visceral fat drives up your risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and even dementia.

Visceral fat is thought to play a larger role in insulin resistance — which boosts risk of diabetes — than other fat. It’s not clear why, but it could explain or partially explain why visceral fat is a health risk.

Whitmer investigated the link between visceral fat and dementia. In a study, she evaluated the records of more than 6,500 members of Kaiser Permanente of Northern California, a large health maintenance organization, for an average of 36 years, from the time they were in their 40s until they were in their 70s.

The records included details on height, weight, and belly diameter — a reflection of the amount of visceral fat. Those with the biggest bellies had a higher risk of dementia than those with smaller bellies. The link was true even for people with excess belly fat but overall of normal weight.

She doesn’t know why belly fat and dementia are linked, but speculates that substances such as leptin, a hormone released by the belly fat, may have some adverse effect on the brain. Leptin plays a role in appetite regulation but also in learning and memory.

“The fat we can see on overweight people is subcutaneous fat,” says Dr Ron McCoy, Melbourne-based spokesperson for the Royal College of Australian GPs. But it’s the fat we can’t see that surrounds vital organs, called visceral fat, that could be a hidden killer. “Visceral fat is metabolised by the liver, which transforms it into cholesterol,” Dr McCoy explains. “Cholesterol circulates in the blood and can collect in your arteries, creating heart disease and high blood pressure.”

It’s also believed that visceral fat produces more hormones and proteins than subcutaneous fat, affecting glucose levels and triggering the start of type 2 diabetes and other serious health issues such as cardiovascular disease.But if you’re skinny on the outside, how does fat accumulate on the inside?A lack of exercise is the biggest factor. “If your body isn’t moving, it doesn’t metabolise the fat that’s building up – either outside or inside,” Sam Mower, an exercise physiologist, explains.

Visceral Fat is known by many names like skinny fat, deep fat, killer fat, deadly fat, toxic fat, hidden fat, flat belly fat, beer belly, Abdominal Obesity, internal fat, epicardial fat, etc.
Visceral Fat is known by many names like skinny fat, deep fat, killer fat, deadly fat, toxic fat, hidden fat, flat belly fat, beer belly, Abdominal Obesity, internal fat, epicardial fat, etc.


Skinny Fat – Are You thin outside, fat inside?

It’s not uncommon for people who look slim and healthy to be collecting dangerous amounts of internal fat around their organs, according to the Medical Research Council in the UK. Doctors used MRI body scanners to show that even slim people can still have high levels of internal fat collecting around vital organs such as the heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas. These people, sometimes known as “skinny-fats” or “thin outside, fat inside” (TOFI), could be seriously putting their health at risk.

Asians are more at risk of skinny fat in a condition called Skinny Fat Asians. About 11% of skinny Asians are in this category – some are as young at 20 years old. These individuals can eat almost anything in great quantities without getting fat. Just because they are slim and skinny does not mean they are healthy. Visceral fat is lurking deep inside their bodies and this skinny fat become slightly visible in the form of a slight tummy bulge they may already have a serious health problem.

This problem is particularly prevalent in Southeast Asian countries where a high percentage of their populations are obese due to unhealthy diets and lifestyles.


Obesity rates in Southeast Asia by major countries
Obesity rates in Southeast Asia by major countries

Health Risks Of Visceral Fat

Because visceral fat accumulates deep within the abdomen, and surrounds organs like the liver and insulin-generating pancreas, it poses certain dangers to health. Although men are more likely to be at risk than women of developing certain diseases, both should be aware of the increased risks of the following health conditions:

  • Type 2 Diabetes:
  • Heart Disease
  • Breast Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Stroke
  • High Cholesterol
  • Insulin resistance
  • Acts as Endocrine cells which interfere with your hormones and the normal function of your organs
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Inflammation of your airways (difficulty breathing)
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Lower Immunity to diseases
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Gallstones (gallbladder stones) in women
  • Arthritis
  • Depression
  • Dementia / Alzheimer’s Disease / Cognitive decline
  • Sleep disorders like Sleep Apnea: Increased visceral fat has been associated with the occurrence of obstructive sleep apnea, since deep abdominal fat can restrict the movement of the diaphragm and limit lung expansion.


Visceral Fat. The killer fat that is loaded with toxins the body is trying to get rid of. It tries to ooze out of the body, but it can't. So it keeps accumulating until you suffer a serious disease.
Visceral Fat. The killer fat that is loaded with toxins the body is trying to get rid of. It tries to ooze out of the body, but it can’t. So it keeps accumulating until you suffer a serious disease.

Increased Inflammation Risk with Visceral Fat

A major concern is that visceral fat produces hormonal and inflammatory molecules that get dumped directly into the liver, leading to even more inflammation and hormone-disrupting reactions. If you have more fat stored than you need, especially around visceral organs like the liver, heart, kidneys, pancreas and intestines, your body becomes inflamed and your metabolism suffers, making it a hard cycle to break out of.

Visceral fat does more than just lead to inflammation down the road — it becomes inflamed itself by producing something known as interleukin-6, a type of inflammatory molecule. This kind of fat stores inflammatory white blood cells and kicks off a series of autoimmune reactions. Inflammation is at the root of most diseases, and this is why inflammatory belly fat is linked with cognitive decline, arthritis, diabetes and so on.

This visceral fat in your middle makes toxins that affect the way your body works, says Samuel Dagogo-Jack, MD, president of the American Diabetes Association. Among them are chemicals called cytokines that boost your chances of heart disease and make your body less sensitive to insulin, which can bring on diabetes.

Cytokines also cause inflammation, which can lead to certain cancers, says Eric Jacobs, PhD, a researcher at the American Cancer Society. In recent years, he says, scientists have uncovered links between belly fat and cancers of the colon, esophagus, and pancreas.

According to a study published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, visceral fat may have a greater impact on the cardiovascular health of older women than does overall obesity. Danish researchers found that women with excessive belly fat had a greater risk of atherosclerosis than those whose fat was stored mostly in their hips, thighs, and buttocks. Here’s why:

  • The proximity of visceral fat to your liver boosts production of LDL cholesterol (the “bad” one), which collects in your arteries and forms plaque, a waxy substance.
    Over time, this waxy plaque becomes inflamed, causing swelling that narrows the arteries, restricting the passage of blood.
  • The narrowing passageways increase blood pressure, straining your heart and potentially damaging tiny capillaries.
  • The inflammation further increases your risk of blood clots, which can break loose and cause stroke.

There are two tests FOR Visceral Fat:

1) If you are moderately overweight, you have some visceral fat but those with excessive amounts are men whose pants fit tight only in the waist.

2) If you are lean enough to see abs but your lower belly still protrudes forward, you have visceral fat.

An relatively inexpensive body fat meter / scale is a widely available tool used to measure the percentage of fat in the human body. Different meters use various methods to determine the body fat to weight ratio. They tend to under-read body fat percentage.


Subcutaneous versus Visceral fat (photo on the right)
Subcutaneous versus Visceral fat (photo on the right)

The Tanita, made famous by The Biggest Loser, and other body fat scales use bioelectrical impedance (BIA) to gauge the amount of lean mass, water, and fat in your body by sending a current from the metal plates under your feet through your body and timing how long it takes. While they are a relatively cheap option—you can find them for as little as $19.99 at any department store, and you can use them in the privacy of your own home—they are notoriously unreliable. Take a huge drink of water and watch your percentage change by up to 10 percent.

Often seen in gyms, handheld devices like the Omron use the same principle as the body fat scales but they suffer from the same reliability issues as the at-home scales and can fluctuate wildly depending on your hydration level. While they are easy to use—just grab the handles and hold!—they can also be pricey. Plus, they can’t tell the difference between visceral and subcutaneous fat.

NOTE: Although these measuring devices are not very accurate, they do give an indication of the levels of visceral fat in your body and are a good alternative to the more expensive measuring devices / testing services that are available in diagnostics clinics and spas.

If you have the cash and want a more accurate reading of your body’s visceral fat, google for “body fat measurement device in _____ your country/city” to find out where you can obtain such services.

Subcutaneous versus visceral fat: How to tell the difference?

The photos below, from Wikipedia, show two patterns of abdominal fat deposition. The one on the left is predominantly of subcutaneous abdominal fat deposition. The one on the right is an example of visceral abdominal fat deposition, around internal organs, together with a significant amount of subcutaneous fat deposition as well.

Body fat is not an inert mass used only to store energy. Body fat can be seen as a “distributed organ”, as it secretes a number of hormones into the bloodstream. For example, it secretes leptin, which regulates hunger. It secretes adiponectin, which has many health-promoting properties. It also secretes tumor necrosis factor-alpha (more recently referred to as simply “tumor necrosis factor” in the medical literature), which promotes inflammation. Inflammation is necessary to repair damaged tissue and deal with pathogens, but too much of it does more harm than good.

How Excess Fat Affects Organs – Danger of Visceral Fat


Foods that that you should avoid if you are at risk of visceral fat

  • Tendency to gain weight around the middle of the body (apple shaped person)
  • Processed foods high in additives, synthetic flavours (eg MSG), colourings and preservatives
  • Bakery items eg cakes, biscuits, crackers, pies, cookies, even most breakfast cereals.
  • Pre-packaged foods, pre-prepared convenience meals, TV dinners, take-aways,
  • Sweets eg lollies (candies), deserts like ice cream and most commercial yoghurt
  • Processed meats (hot dogs, hamburgers, bacon, cheese, canned food, store bought popcorn and fried fast food.
  • Avoid refined grains like white pastas, white flour, white rice, white rice, cookies, bagels and white bread. All of these turn to sugar when digested by your body.
  • Soy including tofu contains high levels of goitrogens which could lead to hypothyroid problems.
  • Starch, in the form of grains and potatoes, metabolizes into sugar in your body and should also be eliminated from your diet if you suffer from excess weight, diabetes or high cholesterol.
  • Avoid trans-fats such as vegetable cooking oils, margarines etc. use coconut oil, butter or ghee for cooking instead.
  • Avoid high fructose corn syrup,  sodas and most sports drinks
  • Avoid table salt (use Hymalayan or Sea salts)
  • Poor nutrition from eating a low nutrient dense diet (empty calories)
  • Don’t use non-stick cooking utensils
  • Avoid microwaving foods and drinks especially for babies
  • High alcohol consumption. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 2 servings (4 ounces per serving) of alcohol a day.
  • Taking many medications (poly-pharmacy)
  • Crash dieting with poor nutrition (this does not include juice fasting as you are still ingesting adequate calories combined with very HIGH levels of nutrients and antioxidants which supports the metabolism and cleansing and removal of visceral fat.)
  • Avoid alcohol – or reduce significantly
  • Lack of exercise and inactivity. Walk about half an hour to an hour every day to lower cortisol.
  • High cortisol levels caused from stress
  • Lack of adequate balanced sleep. You will be able to keep visceral fat in check if you sleep for at least 6 hours a night. The interesting thing is that if you sleep more than 7 hours a night, this will also contribute to belly fat. It is therefore important to get enough quality sleep because too little or too much of sleep is only going to make things difficult.
  • Quit smoking
  • Minimise exposure to environmental toxins from the air you breath to the water you drink and the foods you eat.
  • Don’t go for Liposuction. You can’t remove visceral fat with liposuction. It’s also a dangerous medical procedure as it causes inflammation.

Eat the rainbow of fruits and vegetables to reduce the risk of visceral fat buildup
Eat the rainbow of fruits and vegetables to reduce the risk of visceral fat buildup

Foods you should take to reduce risk of visceral fat

There is no quick fit. You have to lead a healthy lifestyle. These foods are good not only for helping your reduce visceral fat but also for your general health as it contains lots of essential vitamins and minerals your body needs daily.

  • Eat Clean (Organic, non-GMO) Whole Foods as far as possible.
  • Do Intermittent Fasting, Cleansing / Detoxing to remove toxins which are embedded in fats. (Need a good ckeabsing program? Contact me)
  • Healthy fats in oils.  Almonds, Macadamia Nuts, Natural Peanut Butter, Flaxseed Oil, Pistachios, Sunflower Seeds, Walnuts, Sweet potatoes, Olive Oil (on salads but not for cooking)
  • Dark or Semi-Sweet Chocolate preferably cacoa nibs.
  • Go Omega: Eat more omega-3 fatty acids. These are essential fatty acids, and powerful anti-inflammatory agents. The best way to get your Omega-3 intake is to eat three or four ounces of fish like salmon or trout two times per week. Other great sources include flax seeds and walnuts.. One crucial tip: Flax seeds need to be ground or your body can’t digest them, so don’t just throw them into your cereal. Instead, grind them up (a coffee grinder is great for this).
  • Eat the colours of the rainbow in plant foods. Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables—to the tune of seven to nine servings per day for men. But pay attention to the color of your fruits and veggies from to orange and yellow veggies to dark leafy greens. . Pigment is a vital chemical in plants; it forms, Villacorta says, “the plant’s immune system; and the different colors have different health benefits.”  Capsium, mushrooms, carrots, beets, bok choy, cabbage,  eggplant, brocolli, cauliflower, spinach, tomatoes, etc are also high in antioxidants that boost your immunity system.
  • Berries are among the best things you can eat—packed with antioxidants, blueberries and strawberries are particularly great choices
  • Include plenty of raw vegetables such as salads –raw fruits and vegetables contain important enzymes which are vital for a healthy metabolism. Beneficial fruits include watermelon, oranges, apples, coconut juice, papaya, bananas, pineapple, avocado, promegranates, grapefruit, tomatoes, grapes etc
  • Focus on Fiber: Choose whole grains and high fiber foods. Whole grains and fiber have been proven to reduce inflammation. That means whole wheat pastas; brown / red rice; Quinoa; beans; rolled oats, lentils; whole wheat breads; and whole grain breads.
  • For meats or proteins, choose chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, and lean cuts of beef if they are pasture raised. The best form of proteins that you body needs is undenatured whey protein that are produced organically and with low heat. (Need a good undenatured whey protein? Contact me)
  • Sea food like salmon, tuna, sardines, etc are good if they are not farmed fish
  • Bone broth using meats that have little fat (boiled in a slow cooker for 12-24 hours) has traditionally been known to promote good health. You get collagen and bone marrow through bone broth or soup. You get added benefits if it is cooked with traditional Chinese herbs like ginseng. Protein makes up around 20% of the body’s mass, and collagen makes up around 30% of the protein in the human body. Collagen is most commonly found within the body in the skin, bones and connective tissues.
  • Add Some Spice (and Other Antioxidants): Eat antioxidant rich foods. Many spices, such as oregano, cinnamon, turmeric, and ginger, are rich in antioxidants. Stay away from processed soy—like tofu or less processed soy Eat only fermented soy products eg miso, tempeh, natto, etc. . Drink green tea. And treat yourself to some dark chocolate, as long as it’s at least 70 percent cacao. Red wine is also seriously good for you—in moderation. Useful spices include ginger, garlic and onions.
  • Eat Fermented Vegetables (eg kimchi, Chutneys, , Condiments, such as salsa and mayonnaise etc) for probiotic health, Vitamin K2 and Bs Condiments, such as salsa and mayonnaise. You can easily make lacto-fermented / cultured vegetables like cabbage, cucumber, carrots etc at home.
  • Think Whole Foods and Smaller Plates: Eliminate as much possible highly processed foods, especially those with high fructose corn syrup and trans fats. Even when eating whole foods, resist excess calorie consumption. Only eat enough calories to maintain weight and optimum metabolic needs. That means being careful—but not being crazy about it, because food is, after all, one of the great joys of life.
  • Sunshine / Vitamin D. We need vitamin D to help the body absorb calcium and phosphorus from our diet. These minerals are important for healthy bones and teeth.
  • Drink Water. Now the Institute of Medicine sets general guidelines for total water intake. It recommends that women consume a total of 91 ounces (that’s about 2.7 liters) per day – from all food and beverages combined. For men, it’s about 125 ounces a day (or 3.7 liters).

Have a committed plan to eat healthy. It will cost a bit more, but you won’t regret it as it will save you on medical costs in the long run and you will keep visceral fat at bay.

For Enquiries, contact Nancy Long
For Enquiries, contact Nancy Long

Contact me if you want to find a safe and effective way of getting rid of visceral fat. It won’t be easy, and you need to be commuted for a period of time but I promise you it will be worth it.

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Ice Breakers
Big Al’s Ice Breakers


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