June 23, 2011- A new research study from Harvard suggests that the calorie count does not matter as much as the quality of your food when trying to keep your weight down. We all know that eating fries and burgers and large quantities of soda are not as good as fresh vegetables, fruits and brown rice. But this study is the most detailed and comprehensive of its kind and shows exactly the amount of weight gain is in association with the eating of certain foods.
Highest on the list was potato chips. There was more weight gain per each serving than in any other food while the best food for weight gain was yogurt. Of course it depends on the total caloric intake in a day but the old saying of eat less and exercise more, may not be so right. Adults it shows in order to control weight in the long term should gain about a pound per year and should be focusing more on the right foods to eat than on less.
Researchers stressed that their results showed that the quality of someone’s diet meaning the types of food and beverages consumed is strongly related to weight gain. For example for every extra serving consumed of potato chips in a day, people gained over four years, an average of 1.7 pounds. Other foods that increased weight for extra servings were sugar sweetened drinks, processed red meat, red meat and potatoes of any kind.