You’ve heard about the importance of including fruits and vegetables in your diet before. But do you actually do it? And are you choosing the right kinds? While most fruits and veggies are good for you, there are a few you should consider skipping in order to eat healthy and avoid weight gain.
A new study in PLOS Medicine found that certain high-starch vegetables are actually associated with weight gain. Researchers from Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston conducted a study of the produce people consumed over 24 years. The researchers observed weight fluctuations participants experienced and compared them with the produce they ate.
As predicted, researchers found that there are health benefits to consuming more fruits and veggies. Over a four-year period, each extra daily serving of fruits or non-starchy vegetables led to a loss of half a pound on average. However, some fruits and vegetables had the opposite effect. Starch veggies such as peas and corn were found to actually cause weight gain. Participants who added an extra serving of starchy vegetables to their diets gained a pound and a half on average for the four-year period.
Government guidelines for the average woman suggest she should eat four servings of vegetables and three servings of fruit each day. Yet, before you fill your grocery cart with produce, you should choose wisely. Stick to non-starchy staples such as lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, and spinach.
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