More Fruits and Veggies Can Slash Obesity Odds
Researchers encourage a mostly plant-based diet
Eating lots of fruits and vegetables doesn't only boost your health, it can cut your risk of packing on extra pounds by almost half, researchers report.
"Our study suggests that plant-based diets are associated with substantially lower risk of developing obesity. This supports current recommendations to shift to diets rich in plant foods, with lower intake of animal foods," wrote the authors from the University of Navarra and the Carlos III Institute of Health, both in Spain.
Their study included more than 16,000 healthy, non-obese Spanish adults who were followed for an average of 10 years after university graduation. During that time, almost 600 of the participants became obese.
The study participants provided information on their diet at the start of the study. Points were given for eating plant-based foods such as vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, olive oil, legumes (such as peas, beans and lentils) and potatoes.