Adding fiber-rich produce to diet helps people consume fewer calories

USA Today reports, “Nutrition scientists at Pennsylvania State University have shown that people who eat a broth-based bowl of vegetable soup, a large, low-calorie, lettuce-based salad or an apple before a meal consume about 130 to 190 fewer calories at the meal, including the calories in that first course.”

In addition, they have demonstrated that “people can feel full on fewer calories if fiber-rich vegetables (broccoli, spinach, carrots) and fruits (berries, peaches) are added to standard recipes and menu plans. This means the entrees contain fewer calories per bite, which is called lowering the energy density of the dish.”

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