A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says upping intake of fruits and vegetables alone doesn’t stave off weight gain.
The study wasn’t necessarily bad news for the fresh produce industry once the details are taken into account, said Elizabeth Pivonka, president of the Produce for Better Health Foundation, Hockessin, Del.
The data showed that although people ate greater amounts of fruits and vegetables, their overall caloric intake was the same.
“The beauty behind fruits and vegetables is that they are lower in calories, so you can eat more volume to provide the same number of calories,” Pivonka said. “If, indeed, you still eat two to three apples instead of a candy bar, you won’t lose weight.”
Fruits and vegetables are helpful for weight loss because you can eat more volume and be consuming fewer calories.
“Weight loss is a matter of total energy intake versus energy expended, regardless of where those calories come from,” she said.
The bigger picture, Pivonka said, is the produce industry understands the importance of fruits and vegetables to health continues to grow.
“There will always be some studies that aren’t as positive and possibly negative, but there is overwhelming research that supports the benefits of fruits and vegetables to health and I’m positive that the majority of future research will continue to support the health benefits of fruits and vegetables,” Pivonka said.