The Fruits and Veggies That Are Best for Your Weight
Everyone knows that fruits and vegetables are good for you. But which ones are better than the others when you’re trying to lose weight?
A new study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has drawn its conclusions: The best fruits for those watching their weight are apples, pears and berries and the best vegetables are non-starchy ones, such as cauliflower and soybeans.
Although peas, potatoes and corn may seem like healthy options, the researchers say that these vegetables are high in starch, which may do more harm than good. People who ate more of these vegetables were actually shown to gain weight over time, according to the study.
Information was collected and analyzed for more than 130,000 U.S. adults, with a follow-up period of more than 20 years. Every four years, participants were mailed a survey tracking their foods for the week, as well as a weight report every two years.
Participants who increased fruit and vegetable intake over a four-year period typically lost weight. Additionally, for each extra weekly serving of fruit, participants lost about a half a pound, and a quarter of pound for each extra serving of vegetables. Berries, apples and pears, as recommended by the study, had the highest impact, linked with weight loss of about a pound over a four-year period. As for cauliflower and soybean veggies? Those were related to a weight loss of two pounds.
These results still held after factoring in physical activity, sleep and smoking activity. However, researchers did note that healthy eating might also signal healthy lifestyle behaviors, which was not studied. The study group was also mainly made up of educated, white adults which could have caused some disparity in the results.