New research by American scientists, whose results were published in the journal BMJ, shows that flavonoids, antioxidants that are found in certain types of foods can help prevent the accumulation of excess weight.
The study included 12,000 people. They followed their habits, including eating habits, over a period of 4 years. Flavonoids are antioxidants that are found in various fruits and vegetables, tea, herbs and nuts.
Research results have shown that about 200 milligrams of flavonoids a day is enough to reduce the risk of obesity. Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is very important to prevent a number of diseases, including heart disease and vascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, heart attack and stroke.
Our study confirms previous research results, and that diet plays an important role in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, said lead researcher Prof. Monica Bertoia.
Body’s daily need for flavonoid intake can satisfy the following foods:
- 1.5 cups shredded red cabbage
- 1.5 cups of chopped parsley
- 2 plum
- 1 cup strawberries
- 3/4 cup pistachio
- 1 apple
- 1.5 cups of blackberries