Not all fruits and vegetables are created equal. They come in a wide variety of shapes, colors and flavors: red, green, leafy, juicy, sweet, bitter, weird ones that you can’t identify. But a new study suggests that different produce items can also have dramatically different effects on weight loss.
The study, conducted by researchers at Harvard, looked at diet information for 117,918 people during four-year intervals over 24 years, starting in the participants’ 30s and 40s. Though increasing daily servings of fruits and vegetables led to weight loss across the board, some specific foods correlated better with weight loss than others.
For instance, though increased fruit consumption led to an average weight loss of .53 pounds per additional daily serving over a four-year period, eating more berries specifically led to over a pound of weight loss. Apples and pears had a similar effect, causing weight dips of 1.24 pounds per extra daily serving.