How an apple a day helps keep the pounds away

An apple a day not only keeps the doctor at bay - it also helps you shed the pounds, according to researchers.
Fruit and vegetables that contain high levels of flavonoids seem to stop people putting on weight. Flavonoids are plant compounds found in berries, apples, pears, strawberries and radishes. They have long been celebrated for their antioxidant effect, which is thought to help prevent cell damage. But experts also think that the compounds may also help reduce the energy - particularly from sugar - that is absorbed from food.

Researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Harvard Medical School found that certain flavonoids were linked to maintaining a healthy weight, and even helped people lose a little.
Eating the flavonoids contained in an 80g (2.8oz) handful of blueberries every day for four years would help people lose about 2lb 10oz. By comparison, the average woman in the same period would usually put on about 2lb 3oz, and the average man 4lb 6oz.

Source  - Daily Mail