According to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health, sweetcorn could be preventing people from losing weight.
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Although it is recommended that we eat 10 portions of fruit and veg each day if we want a long and healthy life, there is a link between weight gain and certain vegetables.
The study found that those who ate more sweetcorn were on average 2.4 pounds heavier. Meanwhile, participants who ate more peas gained an extra 1.1 pounds when they added it to their diet each day.
As a result of the findings, potatoes, cabbage, onions and peaches were noted as healthy foods that you should eat less of regularly. This conclusion was drawn from the study, which looked at 130,000 American men and women. The participants were asked about their fruit and veg intake every four years for up to 24 years. They all tried to reduce factors such as exercise, smoking and alcohol consumption so that they could get the most accurate results.
I mean, I’m just not convinced with these results. There could be a number of factors that contribute to these findings – perhaps the people eating high amounts of corn, peas and potatoes were those who ate tinned vegetables and these were combined with a less healthy American diet. Plus, how much can you counteract lifestyle factors for 24 years? It seems obvious that this is a correlation, not a causation – I am pretty sure sweetcorn and peas are not the sole cause of people getting fat.
For a study that is probably equally inaccurate (and yet I’m more inclined to believe), here’s one that found the key to long life is a glass of wine per day