Fruit & veg help keep weight down without eating less, study finds

A diet rich in fruit and vegetables makes obesity less likely for the same calorific intake, UK-based researchers have found.

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The study, by researchers at King's College London and the University of Nottingham, concludes that "high gut microbiome diversity and high fibre intake... are correlated with lower term weight gain in humans independently of calorie intake and other confounders".


One of the researchers, University of Nottingham Associate Professor Ana Valdes, said: "We discovered that women who ate high amounts of dietary fibre (found in fruit, vegetables and whole grains) were less likely to gain weight than those who ate little fibre, even if they consumed roughly the same amount of calories."

The study is published in the International Journal of Obesity, an imprint of Nature.


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