Turns out one of our favourite vegetables is actually linked to weight gain 1 year ago

Turns out one of our favourite vegetables is actually linked to weight gain

Sometimes you can't do right for doing wrong.

We all do our best to eat well and get some exercise in but it looks like some of our best efforts could be in vain.

We're sorry to be the ones to tell you this, but some veggies could be associated with weight gain.

A Harvard study revealed that while a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can promote weight loss, participants who ate more vegetables high in starch tended to gain weight.

The worst culprit for it? Corn.

We've all told ourselves it's grand to slather it in melted butter because it's a vegetable for God's sake, but sadly, our beloved corn is the worst vegetable to eat if you're trying to keep the pounds off.

The study, involving 133,000 adults in the US, found that those who ate an extra helping of corn every day gained almost a kilo on average over a four-year period - not the end of the world but the worst of any vegetable in the study.

Other starchy vegetables including potatoes and peas had a similar effect on weight.

The research consisted of surveying people on their eating habits over a 14-year period, with researchers noting that corn and peas could be associated with weight gain as people who report them as their most-eaten vegetable may not eat any other vegetables.

Thankfully, the foods in the study most associated with weight loss included blueberries, apples, pears, strawberries and grapes and not kale. So that's something.