Diet high in beans associated with lower body weight

April 4, 2006 in Nutrition Topics in the News, Weight Management

Diet high in beans associated with lower body weight

According to study findings reported this week, people who eat beans on a regular basis tend to weigh less than those who don’t eat them at all.

Using data from the National Nutrition and Health Examination Survey, researchers found adults who eat beans tend to weigh an average of 6.6 pounds less, despite eating 199 more calories per day. Similar findings were reported for teenagers who consume 335 more calories per day but weigh an average of 7.3 pounds less than non-bean eaters.

Researchers also found bean eaters consume less total and saturated fat than non-bean eaters and have a 22 percent lower risk of obesity while their fibre intake is more than one-third higher.

These findings support previous findings that reported high fibre diets might reduce body weight.

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