The global obesity crisis is getting worse. Scientists now predict that by 2025, one in every five people in the world will be obese—primarily the result of a high-sugar diet with too many unhealthy fats and not enough fiber. But a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition may offer a ray of hope.
Researchers in Canada recently pointed out specific foods that can be powerful allies when you are trying to lose weight and maintain a healthy body weight. In particular, a group of foods known as pulses, which includes beans, chickpeas, peas, and lentils, play a role in weight management by reducing cravings and helping you feel full after eating. Pulses are also high in fiber and protein and low in fat.
After analyzing the results of more than 20 clinical trials, researchers discovered that not only do these foods help with weight loss, but they also seem to help keep the weight off in the long run. In addition, there was evidence that eating about 3/4 cup of pulses each day helped maintain healthy cholesterol levels. And, because they have a low glycemic index, they are broken down more slowly in the digestive tract and support healthy blood sugar levels.
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