5 Fruits You Need to Eat Every Day to Not Gain Weight

In a BMJ study of more than 100,000 men and women, researchers discovered that subclasses of powerful antioxidants called flavonoids—namely flavonols, flavan-3-ols, anthocyanins, and flavonoid polymers—found in select fruits and vegetables may prevent weight gain.


It's great if an apple a day can keep the doctor away, but it's an added bonus if it also helps keep you trim! Apples are rich in flavonoid polymers and are also packed with fiber, making them one of the healthiest fruits for weight loss.


Pears may also prevent weight gain, according to the BMJ study, and this is largely due to flavonoid polymers: Every extra 138 mg of flavonoid polymers resulted in less weight gain over the four-year study period.


Strawberries help maintain weight for the same reason as blueberries: They're rich in anthocyanins. Start incorporating one cup of strawberries a day into your diet by trying them with breakfast over low-fat yogurt or steel-cut oatmeal, as a mid-afternoon snack, or as a dessert after dinner, Peterson says.


First, yes: Peppers are in fact a fruit. Ranking up there with the healthiest fruits, they can also help put the brakes on weight gain when eaten daily, according to the research.