Certain fruits and vegetables aid in weight control

Certain-fruits-and-vegetables-aid-in-weight-controlEating fruits and vegetables rich in flavonoids may help aid in weight control, as suggested by a new study. Study author Monica Bertoia said, “We looked at seven different classes of flavonoids, and we found increased consumption was associated with less weight gain.”

Fruits like apples, pears, and berries, and vegetables like peppers, all made the list of flavonoid-rich fruits and vegetables.


The researchers followed over 124,000 participants and evaluated their consumption of seven flavonoid-rich fruits and vegetables. The participants recorded their weight, lifestyle habits, and any diagnosed disease every two years between 1986 and 2011. Diet was reported every four years.

Although the impact of flavonoids on weight was modest, Bertoia suggests it is still significant. She explained, “We found that about one-quarter cup of strawberries or cherries give you 10 milligrams [mg] of anthocyanins, and each 10 mg-increase was linked with a quarter-pound less weight gain over four years.”
Although many of the participants gained weight over time, those who consumed more flavonoids demonstrated a lower calorie count. Additionally, many participants still managed to lose weight.

Bertoia added, “Preventing even small amounts of weight gain – even 10 pounds – can lower your risk of developing some diseases, for example diabetes.”

The findings were published in BMJ.


Author Bio

Mohan Garikiparithi got his degree in medicine from Osmania University (University of Health Sciences). He practiced clinical medicine for over a decade before he shifted his focus to the field of health communications. During his active practice he served as the head of the Dept. of Microbiology in a diagnostic centre in India. On a three-year communications program in Germany, Mohan developed a keen interest in German Medicine (Homoeopathy), and other alternative systems of medicine. He now advocates treating different medical conditions without the use of traditional drugs. An ardent squash player, Mohan believes in the importance of fitness and wellness.