Not All Fruits and Vegetables Offer the Same Benefits When It Comes to Weight Loss

Recent study followed subjects for 24 years to determine what foods helped with weight control

When it comes to weight loss, there are two schools of thought: old school and new school. It certainly gets more complex than that, but for the sake of simplicity, there those that promote juice cleanses, paleo diets and intermittent fasting (new school) and then there are those who live by more tried-and-true weight loss principles.

From the old school group, you’ve likely heard you should be eating more fruits and vegetables, but the question is what kind?

A study recently published in PLOS Medicine found certain types of fruits and vegetables were better than others when it came to weight loss. The study took place over the course of 24 years and included 117,918 people in their 30s and 40s. The researchers accounted for health, behavioral and dietary variables and, ultimately, found that American’s should be making better fruit and vegetable choices. Currently, American’s favor fruit juices and potatoes.  

Among the study’s findings, eating more berries was associated with a 1.11 pound lower weight and a daily serving of tofu or soy correlated to 2.47 pounds less. Apples and pears were also found to be helpful for weight loss, but potatoes, corn and peas were not helpful, according to the study.

The good news is that increasing your daily intake of vegetables and fruit led to better weight control. Seems like that old school argument might hold some weight after all.

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