Low-fiber diet linked to obesity
AUSTIN, Texas (UPI) -- Researches at the University of Texas-Austin report that "normal-weight" adults tend to eat more fiber and fruit than people who are overweight or obese.
The researchers looked at dietary intakes of more than 100 people generally the same age and height, half of whom were considered normal weight based on their body mass index and other measurements.
The other half were overweight or obese.
The researchers found the diets of the two groups were similar in many ways, including intakes of sugar, bread, dairy products and vegetables.
However, the main difference between the two groups were the amount of fiber consumed by the normal-weight adults -- 33 percent more dietary fiber and 43 percent more complex carbohydrates each day, per 1,000 calories.
"Obviously, no magic formula exists for weight loss, but our results indicated that a diet containing more than average amounts of fiber, complex carbohydrate and fruit was associated with normal body fat stores and standard weight for height," the researchers wrote in the June issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.
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