According to a new study, eating enough amounts of fruits and vegetables a compound called flavonoids can help avoid obesity.
Researchers said that fruit and vegetablessuch as apples, pears, blueberries, strawberries and radishes can help prevent weight gain. The team from theHarvard University and the University of East Anglia can really help people maintain a healthy weight. They said that even a single 80g serving of the fruit or vegetablewith high levels of flavonoids can allow people to avoid obesity.
The team said that flavonoids are plant compounds found in various fruit and vegetables, tea, chocolate and wine. The products are known to have an antioxidant effect that is thought to help prevent cell damage. The team studied data for 124,086 men and women in the US during a period of 24 years and found that consuming just a small amount of flavonoidsare linked to maintaining a healthy weight and also loosing weight.
Professor Aedin Cassidy, from UEA's Norwich Medical School, said: "This is the first large study to examine the associations between consumption of all flavonoids and weight gain in middle-aged and older adults. Most adults gain weight as they age and even small increases in weight can have a substantial impact on risk of high blood pressure, developing heart disease, cancer or diabetes - so strategies to help individuals maintain a healthy weight in middle-age are needed."
The study was published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).