Not all calories are created equal, and some foods are not as bad for the waistline as most believe. In a new study, researchers found that people who ate lots nuts, peanut butter, fish, yogurt, and low-fat cheese tended to lose weight, while other foods usually considered unhealthy such as eggs, cheese, and whole milk did not seem to make a difference in weight status. However, they did find that sugary drinks, white bread, potatoes, and white rice tended to be associated with weight gain. Senior researcher Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian writes, “The idea that the human body is just a bucket for calories is too simplistic. It’s not just a matter of thinking about calories, or fat.” The experts agree that a diet comprised of quality of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats is vital. They recommend eating healthy carbohydrates, including vegetables, fruits, and fiber-rich grains; proteins like fish, chicken, and nuts; and the “good” fats found in oils and fish.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, April 2015