Surprisingly, Only Certain Fruits & Vegetables May Cause Weight Loss

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For the first time, scientists have discovered certain fruits and vegetables – and not others – are associated with preventing weight gain over the course of many years regardless of calories, according to a recent Harvard study published in the British Medical Journal. These fruits and vegetables contain a class of phytonutrients called flavonoids, a plant compound with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, among other benefits.

“The particular fruits and vegetables associated with less weight gain are rich sources of several flavonoid subclasses, particularly flavonols, anthocyanins, and flavones. Animal models and short term human studies provide evidence for underlying mechanisms that relate flavonoids to weight: several flavonoid subclasses have been shown to decrease calorie intake, increase blood sugar uptake in muscle in humans, and decrease blood sugar uptake in fat tissue in test tube studies. Other studies, predominantly focusing on green tea, a rich source of the flavan-3-ol subclass of flavonoids, provide evidence to suggest that flavonoids may decrease fat absorption, increase energy expenditure, and inhibit body fat synthesis,” according to the study.

In the study, anthocyaninins, the blue pigment in many fruits and vegetables, were mainly found in blueberries and strawberries, among others. Flavan-3-ols were mainly from tea, apples, pears, and peppers.

So, while it’s important for your health and weight management to eat at least 5 cups of fruits and vegetables daily, you may want to consider adding these very specific fruits and vegetables to your routine. “An Apple A Day…”

Read more about tea’s weight loss benefits…

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2 comments


  • Jamie

    Hi Katherine,

    Love receiving all Of your interesting and up to date info on nutrition! A passion of mine for continual learning & so integral to our well being. Hope all is well with you. So, enjoyed meeting you at Rehoboth. You are a lovely & charming lady!

    Sincerely,

    Jamie Russo?????

    March 1, 2016
    • Hi Jamie,
      I’m so happy to hear from you! Thank you so much for your comments; you are wonderful, too!
      Katherine

      March 1, 2016

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