Did you ever see an overweight vegan?  Chance are pretty good you won't.  New research shows eating lots of fruits and vegetables not only boosts your overall health, but it can cut your risk of packing on extra pounds by almost half.

WebMD.com  reports that Spanish researchers confirm plant-based diets are associated with substantially lower risk of developing obesity.  Their 10 year study looked at 16-thousand healthy adults. Over time, almost 600 of the participants became obese.

Comparing those who ate the fewest fruits and vegetables, with those who ate the most fruits and vegetables, the more veggie-eater types enjoyed a 43 percent lower risk of obesity which supports current recommendations to eat diets rich in plant foods, with a lower intake of animal foods.