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Diet Rich In Fruit/Vegetables Leads To Less Weight Gain Among African American Women

May 18, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
African American women whose diet was rich in vegetables and fruit gained less weight over a 14-year period than those whose diet was high in red meat and fried foods, U.S. study has found. For the prospective study, researchers analyzed data collected from 59,000 African-American women beginning in 1995. They identified two significant dietary patterns: a "vegetables/fruit" pattern high in vegetables, fruit, legumes, fish and whole grains; and a "meat/fried foods" pattern high in red meat, processed meat, french fries and fried chicken. The associations between weight gain and a meat/fried foods diet were stronger among women younger than 35 years, who gained the most weight: an average of 29 pounds during the 14-year study period.
D. A. Boggs, et al., "Dietary patterns and 14-y weight gain in African American women", American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, May 18, 2011, © American Society for Nutrition
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