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For Long-Term Weight Control, Avoid Starchy Vegetables

September 29, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
New data from a study by U.S. researchers show that some vegetables are not as good for dieters as others. Nutritionists have long advocated increased consumption of fruits and vegetables as a way to keep weight under control. The new study, however, finds that starchy vegetables, while certainly healthful, are less likely to help in weight loss and actually contributed to weight gain. Researchers analyzed data collected from national survey questionnaires submitted by 133,468 American adults over 24 years. Starchy vegetables like peas and corn were associated with long-term weight gain, while fruits and non-starchy vegetables were associated with weight loss.
Monica L. Bertoia et al., "Changes in Intake of Fruits and Vegetables and Weight Change in United States Men and Women Followed for Up to 24 Years: Analysis from Three Prospective Cohort Studies. ", PLOS Medicine, September 29, 2015, © Bertoia et al.
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