Recent research shows that eating certain fruits and vegetables can help maintaining body weight efforts
Extra weight increases the risk of chronic disease, such as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease and obesity. Presently more than 66% of Americans are considered to be overweight.
The new study, published in PLOS Medicine and led by Dr. Monica Bertoia from Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA surveys more than 70 fruits and vegetables to see which can be beneficial for maintaining a healthy body weight, as higher fiber content and lower glycemic load fruits and vegetables are considered to be more helpful.
133.468 chronic disease-free Americans participated in the study. They were assessed every 4 years, over a 24-years period, between 1986 and 2010. Obtained data was adjusted according to lifestyle and also for the ones that developed chronic illnesses during study. Study included more than 70 fruits and vegetables with similar nutritional value. Daily fruit and veggie intake increases satiety, with less calorie intake when compared to other foods.
Fruits were found do be more “diet-friendly” than vegetables. Extra portions of fruit were found to lead to a 0.24 kg weight loss, while extra portions of vegetables meant 0.11 kg less weight.
Study findings support recommendations to add more fruits and vegetables to daily diets, to maintain a steady health and weight, but also underlines the differences between them.
High fiber, low-glycemic cruciferous vegetables were linked to an even higher weight reduction, while starchy fruits and veggies led to weight gain, despite their superior nutritional value.