Researchers at The University of Newcastle are hoping their study turns out to be more fruitful than they expect.

The joint university and Hunter Medical Research Institute study is examining how a diet rich in fruit-and-veg can contribute to weight loss, and how it relates to protecting the body from exercise-induced inflammation.

Researcher and PhD student Erin Clarke says as a dietician she advises everyone to eat more of the good stuff, but now there could be even more benefits.

Researcher Erin Clarke

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“The main aim of this study is to see how increasing fruit and vegetables affects weight and exercise-induced inflammation. We’re providing more evidence to why people should be doing it, so many people want to lose weight and this could be an effective way to do it,” said Erin.

Participants in the study will receive a week’s worth of fruit-and-veg for free which includes bananas, oranges, frozen berries, fresh and tinned tomatoes, pumpkin, carrots, sweet potatoes, lettuce, zucchini, cucumber and frozen peas and corn.

In addition, you’ll have to visit Callaghan campus for two exercise sessions involving a VO2 Max test of aerobic capacity on a treadmill plus other tests on subsequent visits.

It’s a common thought buying fresh food can be more expensive so the study also wants to prove that really it isn’t and it’s quite easy to slip it into your weekly budget.

“So we wanted to give them assistance in showing them how they can increase it and its not going to put a big hole in their budget. I’ve got some tips that I’ll give them for increasing their intake on a budget. Everyone knows they should be eating fruit and veg, but they don’t know how to incorporate it so much into their diet,” said Erin.

The study is looking for males and females aged 18-45 years with a Body Mass Index of 25-35 (overweight or obese) and no health issues which could affect doing high-intensity exercise.

For details contact Erin on 4985 4316 or [email protected]