Kiwi nutritionists say a crescent-shaped green food eaten in the morning and a small portion in the evening can help you cut back on your calories and boost your energy levels.
The new study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association shows a casserole with the green veggies can help people cut down on their fat intake by 20 per cent and help them lose up to 15 per cent of their body fat.
The study involved participants who took part in a study involving a diet of low-calorie, high-fiber food including kiwis, cauliflower, broccoli and cauliflower.
“The casseroles we’re eating are good for you,” Dr Lisa Whelan, a research nutritionist with the Queensland University of Technology’s Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, said.
“There are a lot of people in Australia who are overweight or obese and this study shows they can get the nutrients they need.”
Dr Whelans team found the green vegetables were well tolerated by participants, with most feeling a difference.
“We’re getting a benefit,” she said.
The researchers said their findings could also be helpful in helping people lose weight.
“Our findings are a good proof of concept that you can actually eat a whole food meal and get some of the nutrients,” Dr Whelanc said.
She said the most important thing was to eat the right portion of the food.
“If you don’t, you’re going to feel like you’re eating more than you should and the nutrients you’re getting from the food aren’t getting through.”
Dr Mary Jo Johnson, a registered dietitian and nutritionist from the University of Sydney, said a catered meal was the best way to go.
“I’m going to be the first to say that we need to look at eating a whole meal as the only food we should be eating, not the most nutritious thing,” she.
“It’s a big difference to eating something that’s just served with a side of salad or a salad with your fries, for example.”
Dr Johnson said people who ate the meal had the best results.
“They had more energy levels, they felt more rested and less stressed, and they were actually losing weight,” she, said from Sydney.