New Study Finds that Fruits and Vegetables Can Alter Genes Responsible for Obesity

You have more control over your genes than you might think.

It's no secret that eating a diet that's rich in fruit and vegetables, as opposed to carbs and fat, will help keep you slim. But, if you're genetically predisposed to gaining weight easily, you might feel like keeping the pounds off is impossible no matter what you eat.

Now, a new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition offers evidence to suggest that maintaining a diet full of vitamin-rich fruits and nutrient-heavy greens can help you lose weight, even if obesity runs in your family.

Researchers analyzed the fruit and vegetable intake of nearly 9,000 women and more than 5,300 men over a period of 25 years and found that while consuming more of these foods led to weight loss in general, the effect was even more prominent in those who were genetically susceptible to obesity than in those who weren't.

The findings are significant in light of nationwide concern over the ongoing obesity epidemic in America. According to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, the average American is now clinically considered obese. Furthermore, according to the CDC, only 1 out of every 10 Americans consumes the recommended amount of 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables per day. And research has shown that a low intake of fruits and vegetables may account for millions of deaths from cardiovascular disease, as well as increased risk of some types of cancer.

If you have children, it's especially important to make sure they get their proper servings of peas and carrots due to the rise of childhood obesity. According to the CDC, the percentage of children and teens who are affected by obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s, and one out of every five kids between the ages of 6 and 19 are now considered obese.

So, next time you make dinner, be sure not to skimp on the spinach and swap cookies for strawberries for dessert! And for more great nutritional advice, check out New Study Says Cutting 300 Calories from Your Diet Will Help You Lose Weight.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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