Avocados may help weight management
Eating avocado may help people improve their ability to control their weight because the fruit can increase feelings of fullness and reduce the urge to snack, according to a new study.
A research team from the Department of Nutrition at Loma Linda University in California recruited 26 overweight adults. Over the course of five days, the study participants enjoyed their breakfast as normal and were given one of three lunch options—lunch with no avocado, lunch containing avocado in place of other foods or lunch with an added half of an avocado.
The results, published in Nutrition Journal, showed that the participants who had a half of an avocado with their lunch reduced their desire to eat three hours after lunch by 40 percent, when compared with the participants whose lunch contained no avocado. The findings support other evidence of avocados’ health benefits, especially as a source of naturally good fats that help lower levels of bad cholesterol.
Researchers said additional studies will examine whether their findings, funded by the Hass Avocado Board, apply to the general population. They also said that further research should be conducted to identify the role of avocados in blood sugar management, which may have important implications for people with diabetes.