Bad news everyone: the researchers at Harvard School of Public Health discovered that most of the popular fruit and vegetables you eat every day make you fat. Yes, FAT, as in - you could as well be eating crisps all day, you're still going to put on weight.
This is bad news for all those who thought eating more vegetables will help them shed their muffin tops.
Writing in the journal PLOS Medicine, researcher Monica Bertoia pointed out that the vegetables you should definitely avoid are sweetcorn, peas, and potatoes. Because of their high starch and low water content, they contain more calories than other veg and should be consumed with caution.
Peaches, plums, and apricots are among the most risky fruit to eat.
The study was based on a group of 130,000 Americans and was conducted over 24 years. The participants were regularly monitored and surveyed on their eating habits.
The results, however, brought some good news as well. Eating blueberries, cauliflower, broccoli, and prunes will help you shed weight more easily. There is hope for us after all.
Bertoia concluded, that subsidising potatoes with wholemeal bread and brown rice can be a smart, healthy choice. That being said, she advises to limit the high-risk fruit and veg to a fist-sized portion per meal to avoid overeating.
At least broccoli can do no wrong!
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