Avocados may be the key to weight loss, study says
Everyone in the study reported feeling fuller longer after
Before you start feeling guilty about indulging in that guacamole, consider a new study from the Center for Nutrition Research at Illinois Institute of Technology that suggests the fat in avocado can help you suppress hunger and stay more satisfied longer.
The study was published in the peer-reviewed journal Nutrients on May 8, 2019. It concludes that overweight and obese people who added avocado to their meals as a substitute for refined carbohydrates were able to stave off hunger longer and increase meal enjoyment.
On three different days, researchers fed 31 overweight or obese adults one of three meals with identical calories: A high-fat meal with one avocado, a high-fat meal with half an avocado, or a low-fat meal. For six hours afterward, the volunteers reported how hungry they felt.
Everyone reported feeling fuller longer after the meal featuring a whole avocado; even the meal with half an avocado helped satisfy the volunteers longer than the low-fat meal. Further tests revealed that the avocado meals helped boost an intestinal hormone called PYY—when it drops, you feel hungry. In addition to these benefits, here are some more healthy reasons why you should be indulging in avocados.
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