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Can eating vegetables too much can cause weight gain?

Can you imagine that eating a vegetables too much can lead to any health issues? After reading this article you will have a clear picture of it. There are mainly two types of people with respect to their feeding habits. One of them is called vegetarian and the other one is non-vegetarian.  

Health benefits of vegetables

One reason is that many people when people eat vegetables, actually they are taking in minerals and vitamins which act as health boosters and antioxidants. Meat-free diet has many benefits like it may reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and many types of cancer. A non-meat diet may also prevent us from metabolic syndrome including obesity and type-II diabetes.

            According to meta-analysis research in 2016, converting to a vegetarian diet may help a person lose weight, at least in the short term. According to a 2016 meta-analysis. But still, scientists need to carry out longer-term controlled studies to understand how a vegetarian diet might affect weight.

 Eating a vegetable diet also cause lower blood cholesterol level, it was reported by a systematic review published in 2015.  A study of data for nearly 70,000 people proved that the incidence of cancer overall was significantly among vegetarians than non-vegetarians. The authors recommended that a non-meat diet may protect against cancer. Authors of a 2014 study found a lower risk of cardiovascular disease in people who followed a vegetarian diet in India. Studies in western countries had already produced similar results.

Health Risks of vegetables

There is a new report out by the Economic Research Service called ‘Healthy Vegetables Undermined by the Company They Keep’ that really surprised me. In general sense eating of fruits and vegetables maintain a healthier weight but on the other hand, it was also reported that Americans who eat more vegetables may actually increase their calorie and sodium intake. How can that be? Vegetables are naturally low in calories and sodium.

The report found that when many Americans eat fried vegetables they prepare them in ways that add calories and sodium while reducing fiber. So, if you eat more vegetables you will also get more fat, sodium, and calories.

It was thought that roasted sweet potatoes or Brussels sprouts, raw baby carrots, spinach salads, steamed green beans, raw broccoli, and cauliflower florets, etc. But some people hear this endorsement and inevitably think about the vegetables they are used to eating such as French fries, cheesy potatoes, green bean casserole, 7-layer salad, zucchini bread, hash browns, pizza with mushrooms, spinach dip, etc.

All vegetables are not having equal nutritional importance. If you eat more white potatoes in fried form and with butter cheese, then you must expect your weight gain.  Different colored vegetables provide different nutrients. Try to eat more of the dark green and orange vegetables.  Fresh tomatoes or canned tomatoes with no salt added are healthier choices than tomatoes cooked into pizza and spaghetti sauce which are typically high in sodium.

Conclusion

Vegetables have calories, so you could tentatively gain weight if you eat large amounts of them. However, eating vegetables will typically help you lose weight rather than make you gain, as long as you stick with lower-calorie vegetables and don’t prepare them with high-calorie ingredients. In general, you should focus on eating more vegetables each day, not fewer. However, starchy vegetables, such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, or corn, are much higher in calories, with each serving containing between 90 and 110 calories. Because of this difference in calories, non-starchy vegetables are usually suggested for weight loss.

Starchy vegetables, such as potatoes, and those prepared with high-calorie constituents are most likely to lead to weight gain. For instance, a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine in 2011 found that while most vegetables were related to weight loss, each additional serving of any type of potatoes was associated with weight gain. We conclude that weight gain linked with too much eating of vegetables is limited to starchy vegetables with a high level of calories.

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