Eating lots of fruits, vegetables may not be enough to stave off weight gain that often comes with age, study says

LOS ANGELES , January 3, 2012 () – Eating a lot of fruits and vegetables might not be enough to stave off weight gain that often comes with age, Reuters reported Dec. 30.

That’s according to a new study that followed 374,000 adults in 10 European countries for five years. The study found that those who ate the most fruits and vegetables were no less likely to gain weight — excepting those who recently quit smoking — once other factors were taken into account, such as calorie intake and exercise habits.

That said, the study’s researchers noted that plant foods are full of nutrients that could help ward off heart disease, some cancers and other chronic diseases. Also, previous studies have shown the positive effects of diet changes involving more fruits and vegetables with overweight people.

The primary source of this article is Reuters, London, England, on Dec. 30, 2011.

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