Can Vegetables Make You Fat?
We have a saying in the UK - ''Don't tell your Mother how to suck eggs.'' Well, there was a good example of this in the press * this week with the 'staggering' announcement that after a 24-year Harvard study of the finest minds in the world - 'potatoes make you fat!'
Adding to this is another statement - 'broccoli's so good for you!' It apparently took a 24 year study and 130,000 volunteers to discover what seems to me to be blindingly obvious to most of us. Researchers spent decades logging the volunteers eating habits to create a list of fruit and vegetables that make you put on weight - and those that will help you lose it. The US scientists confirmed that potatoes are one of the most fattening vegetables, but sweetcorn came top of the list followed by peas with spuds in third place. Celery, which many think of as the dieters friend, only has a modest effect on weight loss, while blueberries, prunes and cauliflower are much better slimming options.
* The Daily Mail.