5 Veggies That Cause Fat Gain
I bet you were surprised to see “veggies” and “fat gain” in the same headline! Wait – aren’t vegetables supposed to be good for you?
Vegetables are certainly a superior food choice on any occasion. You should know, however, that there are SOME veggies that may be sabotaging your weight goals if eaten in excess.
A study published in the PloS Medicine Journal with over 130,000 participants found that there are specific veggies that have the potential to sabotage your weight loss efforts. Especially those that are considered “starchy.”
5 Veggies That May Cause Fat Gain
The following are a sort of ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’ if eaten too frequently:
The study found that people who added extra portions of this golden kernel to their diet gained an average of 2.4 pounds.
Of more concern is corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup, which is found in nearly every processed food on store shelves. According to recent findings, corn is used for over 55% of sweeteners used in the food industry. This stuff is added to sweeten and or thicken processed snacks and drinks and can lead to weight gain and other major health issues when eaten excessively.
When eaten every day, green peas were linked with an average of 1.13 pounds of weight gain.
According to the Harvard study, potatoes should be looked at as more of a treat than a dietary staple. Because of their starchy carbohydrate profile, they may also cause weight gain when eaten in excess.
Surprisingly, cabbage is also high on the list of veggies that may contribute to some extra pounds. Cabbage, although containing only 11 calories per ½ cup, are starchy and, for reasons not entirely understood, are linked to minor weight gain.
Carrots are a relatively low threat when it comes to causing weight gain, but they are one of the veggies with the highest amount of natural sugar. Too much sugar of any kind leads to excess fat.
Veggies and Fruits That Were Linked To Weight LOSS
On the other end of the scale, veggies and fruits that were linked to weight loss include blueberries, apples, pears, cauliflower, spinach, artichoke, asparagus and lettuce.
Don’t let this discourage you too much. Eating whole fruits and veggies is always going to benefit you more than processed foods. Just think of eating less of the starchy, high sugar veggies and more of the other kinds.
There are also a lot of benefits to getting a variety of vegetables. So reach for something you haven’t tried before – you might be surprised to find some new veggies that you really like!
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