By Kurtis Bright
There’s a new super-food group out there you should be trying to get into your diet every day if you want to keep the pounds off in middle age and beyond: Flavonoid-Rich foods.
We all tend to put on and keep on a few extra pounds when we hit middle age. The dreaded “Freshman Fifteen” ain’t got nothing on the 40 at 40. These are just the laws of nature–your metabolism slows down as you get older, you don’t burn as many calories in a resting state as you once did when you were young and spry.
A new study says it just might be possible to take off and keep off those pesky extra pounds if you can just make sure you eat flavonoid-rich foods. But there’s a catch: you have to eat them every day.
Here’s the good news: flavonoid-rich foods are delicious and, according to the study’s results, you only need to consume about 80 grams per day a positive effect on your health–and more importantly, your girth. Flavonoid-rich foods include such fruits as apples, pears, blueberries and strawberries, and in smaller amounts can also be found in tea, chocolate, and wine!
The massive study, which included over 100,000 participants, examined the dietary habits of men and women at various ages over a period of 24 years.
The study groups included men who were an average of 36 years old at the start of the study, women who averaged 48, and another group of men who averaged 47 years of age. The participants who ate flavonoid-rich foods every day were able to maintain their weight, and some even managed to drop a few pounds as they aged.
Those who ate flavonoid-rich foods that were also rich in anthocyanins–the pigments that give the fruits their blue or purple coloring–turned out to be very effective at controlling weight. These foods include blueberries, cherries, blackberries, grapes and radishes.
Most people could probably benefit from getting more fruit in their diets anyway–now there’s an even better reason to go for it.
Plus, chocolate and wine. What more needs to be said?
Well, that organic fruits, veggies, chocolate, coffee, tea, etc., have no agrochemical toxins to add to your body so you get the pure goodness without the poisons.