Eat more fruit, veggies everyday to keep obesity at bay

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According to the researchers, Pro-vegetarian diets could provide substantial protection against obesity.

A lot of fruits and vegetables to your diet may cut obesity risk.
A lot of fruits and vegetables to your diet may cut obesity risk.

Washington D.C: You may want to add a lot of fruits and vegetables to your diet as a recent study has found that doing so can cut obesity risk.

Pro-vegetarian diets (with a higher consumption of plant-based foods compared to animal-based foods) could provide substantial protection against obesity, according to the University of Navarra research presented at this year's European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Porto, Portugal (17-20 May).


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This observational study found that people who ate a high pro-vegetarian diet, rich in food coming from plant sources like vegetables, fruit, and grains, cut their risk of developing obesity by almost half compared to those who were least pro-vegetarian, with a dietary pattern rich in animal food like meat, and animal fats.

Current evidence suggests that such a pro-vegetarian diet has a protective role in cardiovascular disease and diabetes, but little is known about its role on the risk of developing obesity in healthy populations.


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The study was carried by student Julen Sanz examined the association between varying degrees of pro-vegetarian (plant-based) diet and the incidence of obesity in over 16,000 healthy, non-obese adults from the SUN Cohort (Seguimiento Universidad de Navarra), a study tracking the health of Spanish graduates since 1999.

The authors acknowledge that their findings show observational differences rather than evidence of cause and effect. They conclude: "Our study suggests that plant-based diets are associated with substantially lower risk of developing obesity. This supports current recommendations to shift to diets rich in plant foods, with lower intake of animal foods." (ANI)

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