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Plant Foods Help Children And Adolescents Lower Risk Of Obesity

June 24, 2011: 11:10 AM EST
Regular consumption of plant foods may prevent obesity among children and adolescents, according to a study in the United States. Researchers used a non-quantitative food frequency questionnaire from the 1980 Child-Adolescent Blood Pressure Study to determine the link between the risk of being overweight and consumption of food groups. Results showed that the frequency of consumption of plant foods including grains, nuts, vegetables, and low nutrient-dense foods was inversely related to the risk of obesity. Also, researchers found that dairy consumption increased the risk.
V.L. Matthews, M. Wien, J. Sabate , "The risk of child and adolescent overweight is related to types of food consumed", Nutrition Journal, June 24, 2011, © BioMed Central Ltd
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