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You Can Gain Weight Eating Fruits and Vegetables

While it’s true that most Americans don’t get enough fresh produce in their diets, a recent, large study from Europe found that adults who ate the most fruits and vegetables still managed to gain weight as they got older. Nearly 374,000 individuals in 10 countries participated in the study and over the five-year span gained about a pound a year, on average. Overweight women who reported eating the most vegetables tended to gain more weight over the five years. Men whose intake of fruits and vegetables was highest seemed to lose a bit of weight until the investigators factored in other losses related to daily calorie intake, exercise habits and education levels. The participants who boosted their fruit and vegetable intake and gained the least amount of weight were former smokers who quit during the study period, but researchers aren’t sure why. The upshot may be that it’s healthy to increase your consumption of fruit and vegetables but important to watch what else you eat - or at least count total calories if you don’t want to gain weight. The study was published online December 14, 2011 by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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Reader Comments (4)

I guess too much of anything, even a good thing, can hurt you! Our culture tends toward excess in everything--food serving sizes included!

February 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSuzy

If just eating fruit and vegetables caused you to lose weight, why would there be SO MANY different diets out there? Every person gains and loses weight differently. Of course eating fruits and vegetables can cause you to gain weight, they have sugar and carbs! But they have many more beneficial qualities than negative in my opinion.

This article doesn't go into enough detail on the study. How was the food consumed? Juiced, fried, dried, cooked/overcooked? What was the ratio of their diet? And were they exercising? Come on, if there isn't exercise there isn't likely to be weight loss. I hope people don't get the wrong impression from this article and others like it, "What's the point in eating quality food if it won't help me look sexy?"

February 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenje

I'm guessing it's the sugars in the fruit and starchy vegetables that are culprit there. I fatten up when eat alot of fruits, sweet potatoes, and corn too. makes sense. I'm guessing they weren't just eating leafy greens the whole study?

February 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJay

Completely agree. I used to eat a lot of fruit and have now reduced this to once or twice a week. I'm quite confident I get all the micro nutrients I need from the good quality, grass fed meat I eat - without the insulin response the fruit provides me with!

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSuz @ Paleo Australia

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