Hello Loyal Soup People! Raise your hand if you made a resolution to lose weight this year. I bet a lot of you just did! My first tip of the year will hopefully help you achieve this goal, while also eating healthfully. I just read another study about even more benefits of eating lots of fruits and vegetables. According to researchers at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, eating more fruits and non-starchy vegetables is associated with weight control and even modest weight loss. The study indicated that Phenolic-rich fruits (such as berries, pears, and apples), as well as citrus fruits, cruciferous vegetables, leafy greens, tofu, and soy may have bioactive compounds that help our bodies achieve long term weight loss. Translation? A diet heavy in fruits and vegetables will yield permanent (not “yo-yo”) weight loss!
Basically, these types of foods are high in fiber and have low glycemic loads. This means that snacking on roasted Brussels sprouts and an apple will keep us full for a longer period of time and won’t cause our insulin levels to spike. We’ll stay satiated longer, won’t crave more food immediately because our sugar levels won’t spike and plummet.
Remember, this benefit is in addition to the myriad of others associated with a diet high in fruits and vegetables. Lower disease rates, longevity, better cardio-vascular health, and so much more. Plus, for every apple or kale salad you eat, you’re most likely eating less fried food, candy, etc. So, to get a head start on that resolution, start roasting that broccoli!
*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!