Sherman Oaks, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–December 14, 2004–Millions of Americans continue to struggle with weight loss, but studies show that small, simple changes can lead to the greatest weight loss success. According to research recently presented by Dr. Barbara Rolls at the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO) meeting, participants who incorporated “water rich” foods like fruits, vegetables and soups into their diet lost more weight than those who ate a reduced-fat diet(1). Foods high in water and fiber content have low calorie density, which means they contain few calories per ounce and can be eaten in satisfying portions without causing weight gain.
Based on weight loss research conducted by Dr. Rolls and other experts, Sunkist has developed “The Sunkist Solution,” simple tips on how to make citrus fruits part of an effective weight loss plan:
— For example, a handful of fat-free pretzels is equivalent in calories to nearly two whole oranges, but the oranges will leave one feeling fuller, making fresh citrus an effective weight loss strategy(2).
— All things being equal, choosing an orange as a snack instead of chips or cookies can save 100-200 calories a day, which can translate into 10-20 pounds over one year.
— Enjoying a whole orange with breakfast instead of juice saves 30 calories in one meal and adds an excellent source of fiber, which research shows can suppress hunger and increase fullness(3).
–Taking the time to peel citrus fruit and enjoy the sweet aroma can stop “mindless” snacking and add to a more satisfying experience.
In addition to the weight loss benefits of citrus, Dr. Rolls also points out the nutritional value of the fruit. “Citrus is excellent for weight loss because it can be eaten in satisfying portions for very few calories. The fruit also provides beneficial vitamins and nutrients, which are important for a weight loss plan because people are at greatest risk of nutrient deficiencies when they are cutting calories.”
Oranges and grapefruit* are excellent sources of fiber and vitamin C. They also offer potassium, folate and disease-fighting antioxidants. Citrus fruits are included in dietary programs from some of the world’s leading nutrition organizations including USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Produce for Better Health (PBH) Foundation’s 5 A Day Program, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute.
About Sunkist Growers
As one of the world’s oldest and largest citrus marketing cooperatives, Sunkist Growers is owned by more than 6,000 citrus growers in California and Arizona, most of whom are small family farmers. For more citrus information, nutrition tips and healthy recipes, visit http://www.sunkist.com.
(1) Rolls, Barbara, et al, “Water Incorporated Into Food But Not Served With A Food Decreases Energy Intake In Lean Women,” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Vol 70, 1999, 448-455.
(2) Rolls, Barbara. The Volumetrics Weight-Control Plan, HarperCollins, New York, 2005.
(3) Tiwary, C.M., Ward, J.A., Jackson, B.A. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol. 16, No. 5, 1997, 423-428.
*Some prescription drugs may interact with many foods including grapefruit. Anyone with questions about how their medication might interact with their diet should talk to their doctor or pharmacist for more information. For the majority of Americans, there is no reason to stop enjoying the delicious, healthy benefits of grapefruit.
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