Healthy Living in the News

Fascinating study today in the NYT on diet and food choice’s affect over an elongated period of time. Read full article here.

Short summary for those of short on time:

20 years research following group of people to see how their diets influence their weight. Overall summary is that it’s not entirely¬†about how much you eat so much as eating the right things and exercising. There is such a thing as “bad” foods and “good” foods.

“The foods that contributed to the greatest weight gain were not surprising. French fries led the list: Increased consumption of this food alone was linked to an average weight gain of 3.4 pounds in each four-year period. Other important contributors were potato chips (1.7 pounds), sugar-sweetened drinks (1 pound), red meats and processed meats (0.95 and 0.93 pound, respectively), other forms of potatoes (0.57 pound), sweets and desserts (0.41 pound), refined grains (0.39 pound), other fried foods (0.32 pound), 100-percent fruit juice (0.31 pound) and butter (0.3 pound).”

“An increased intake of dairy products, whether low-fat (milk) or full-fat (milk and cheese), had a neutral effect on weight.” –> Thank goodness!

“And despite conventional advice to eat less fat, weight loss was greatest among people who ate more yogurt and nuts, including peanut butter, over each four-year period.”

Yogurt is linked to be the best food for weight management/loss. Bring on the Chobani Greek yogurt!

Yogurt = awesome

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