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What foods are most closely associated with weight gain? That’s a practical question in our current overweight society.

7,194 men and women ages 41 and older were studied to see what foods were linked to weight gain. After 28 months of follow-up here is what they found: The best predictor of weight gain was intake of soda pop. Persons drinking the most soda (top 20%) were 60% more likely to gain a significant amount of weight during the study compared to those who seldom drank soda pop. Other foods positively linked to weight gain were hamburgers, pizza, sausage, red meat, and sweetened fruit juices.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but it certainly explains why Americans are gaining excess weight, as these are favorite American foods.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2006;83:362-70-90, Feb. 2006

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Reprinted with permission from the Canadian Adventist Messenger, June 2006. Copyright © 2006 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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