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Starchy vegetables put on the pounds

Posted on: 11th July 2016

Can they contribute to weight gain?

Eating starchy vegetables, such as peas and corn, can put on the weight, but sticking to high-fibre and low glycaemic fruits and vegetables will help you shed the pounds.

What should I be eating?

vegetablesA diet that’s rich in berries, apples and cauliflower can help stabilise weight and also achieve manageable weight loss, say researchers. Other weight losing foods include green, leafy vegetables, citrus fruits and cruciferous vegetables.

Research

Researchers from Harvard School of Public Health looked at the weight and diets of 133,468 men and women in the Nurses’ Health Study II. Those who ate fruits and non-starchy vegetables reported a half pound (0.53lb) weight loss over four years for a daily serving of each fruit or vegetable.

But those who regularly ate starchy vegetables, such as potatoes, peas and corn, put on up to 2 pounds (lbs) over the four years.

High-fibre and low glycaemic fruits and vegetables also helped prevent obesity and type 2 diabetes, the researchers said.

Source – PLOS Medicine, 2015

Depression

Posted on: 29th June 2016

Could it be a nutritional deficiency?

Researchers think that the Mediterranean diet, rich in fruits, vegetables and nuts, is one of the best ways of preventing the problem.

Can I help myself?

They have noted that those who eat plenty of vegetables and fruit, and omega 3 fatty acids from fish, are less likely to suffer from depression.

Researchers from the University of Las Palmas in the Canary Islands tracked the health and diets of 15,093 participants over a 10 year period.

Source – BMC Medicine, 2015

 

Carrots and spinach help keep your eyesight sharp

Posted on: 12th May 2016

Research

A major new study has found that the carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables reduce the risk of AMD (age-related macular degeneration) by 35%. AMD is the major cause of failing sight and blindness as we age.

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What should I eat?

The greatest protective effect was among those who ate the most carrots, tomatoes, spinach, oranges and other vegetables and fruits rich in the carotenoids, pigments that give the food their distinctive colouring, and which can be converted by the body into vitamin A.

Young spinach leaves in isolated white background

Source: JAMA Ophthalmol, 2015: published online, October 8th 2015

 

Autism

Posted on: 21st August 2015

Why broccoli sprouts help autism

Some of the worst behavioural patterns of autism can be minimised by eating broccoli sprouts. The chemical, sulforaphane, found in vegetables, helps autistic children to interact better, and improves verbal skills.

The research, tested a small group of forty, between the ages of thirteen and twenty seven, and found substantial improvements.

Source – PNAS October 13 2014

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