Study says that Potato Chips help to pile on weight

June 24th, 2011 - 12:42 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, June 23 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Potato chips have been fingered as the worse culprit in the diets that add on the extra weight. A new study has found that potato chips account for more weight gain than previous suspects candy, ice cream and soda. The study was published in Thursday’s edition of New England Journal of Medicine.

The study was conducted by researchers from Harvard and it has been described as one of the biggest on the subject. The researchers found that weight gain had everything to do with eating habit. They placed more emphasizes on eating habits than on exercises and diets.

About 120,887 individuals were studied within a period of two decades. The participants were not obese at the start of the study. During the study their lifestyle habits were closely monitored along with their diets. During the period the weight of the participants was checked every four years.

The researchers realized that the participants had put on an average weight of 17 pounds over the period of the study. The researchers realized that the participants who engaged in exercises lost 2 pounds or less of their weight every four years that their weight was checked.

Food accounted for almost 4 pounds of weight gain every four years. Potato chips added excess 1.69 pounds to the weight of the participants in four years. That was high when compared with sweets and desserts which only contributed 0.41 pounds in four years.

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