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Feel Good Report: Which Fruits and Veggies Are Best to Help Control Weight?

A new study breaks the categories down to specifics.

BY September 29, 2015



Maybe take a second look at that tofu.

A new study from PLOS Medicine provides insight into what types of fruits and veggies are best to lose weight. The study looked at men and women over four decades and showed the more fruits and vegetables they ate, the less weight they gained. That may seem kind of common sense—but then the researchers broke it down by type of fruit.

Eating more berries resulted in participants gaining 1.11 fewer pounds. Eating tofu (which is essentially mashed up soy beans, for those who don’t know) resulted in participants gaining 2.47 fewer pounds. Citrus fruits, apples, pears, carrots and peppers were also identified as being associated with a lower weight gain. Potatoes, peas and corn … not so much.

Researchers told The New York Times that perhaps Americans can be doing better than eating a lot of potatoes and drinking fruit juice (the main sources of fruits and vegetables for most in this country). “There are many fruits and vegetables that may be better choices—apples, pears, berries and non-starchy vegetables,” said lead author Monica Bertoia.   


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