Eating a healthy plant-based diet consisting of fruits and vegetables can cut down the risk of obesity and will reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Even moderate dietary changes towards plant-based diet can play a significant role.
The diet rich in vegetables, nuts, fruits, grains, olive oil slashes down the risk of obesity by 43%. Hence people should avoid meat, eggs, dairy and other animal fat based products and should opt for vegetables and fruits. Even without doing much exercise people can cut down the risk of obesity and other related illness.
The research carried out on 16,181 individuals who were not obese was presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Porto, Portugal. These individuals were marked based on their dietary habits. For instance, the participants who consumed more vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, potatoes, nuts were given positive scores and meat, animal fats, dairy products, fish and sea foods were given negative scores. Replacing our regular oil with monounsaturated olive oil is necessary.
After 10 years 584 participants became obese. Every one in four adults is obese in the UK. This research study which was presented at world’s biggest obesity conference has revealed that fruits and vegetables can reduce the threat of obesity. At the end, the people who consumed plant-based food have reduced their obesity risk by 43% compared to the people who ate meat, eggs, and other dairy products.
The people in the study who were given positive scores ate 731g of vegetables every day and those who were given negative scores were given 348g of meat, eggs, and other dairy stuff.
The amount of food eaten by positive scores group was 531g per compared to 191g consumed by a negatively scored group. The olive oil intake was also 26g in positive scores group compared to 12g among negative scorers. The plant-based food is rich in fibre and makes us feel fuller for a long time. Also, there is a lot of varieties present in fruits and vegetables so that people will not get bored by eating same food again and again.