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It seems that eating fruits and veggies is not a surefire way to lose the pounds. Prevention.com shared the findings of a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

A team of researchers examined seven diet studies of roughly 1,200 participants in an effort to find concrete evidence that eating more fruits and veggies can help people lose weight. Surprisingly, the authors of the study discovered that consuming produce is not a foolproof, one-way ticket to losing weight.

Study co-author Kathryn Kaiser, PhD, a microbiologist at the University of Alabama Birmingham explains that a fruit or vegetable is still a calorie. Lowering one’s calorie intake is still key in shedding the pounds.

But before you ditch Mother Nature’s merchandise, note that there are various health benefits you can get from loading up on fruits and veggies. It strengthens the immune system, which prevents one from getting ill, and it reduces one’s stress levels. It’s very much recommended to add more produce to your daily diet.

(Photo from Encompass Nutrients via Kent Johnson on Pinterest)

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