Avocado Health Benefits: Why It’s Perfect For Weight Loss, Obesity

You may want to add fresh avocados to your meals more often. A new study shows that the fruit provides the properties that could help reduce weight and fight obesity. 

The study by researchers at the Center for Nutrition Research at Illinois Institute of Technology states that the avocado fruit can help to significantly suppress hunger and increase meal satisfaction in overweight and obese adults. It serves as a healthy alternative to refined carbohydrates. 

"For years, fats have been targeted as the main cause of obesity, and now carbohydrates have come under scrutiny for their role in appetite regulation and weight control," Britt Burton-Freeman, director of the Center for Nutrition Research at Illinois Tech, said in a statement

The fruit also helps reduce insulin and blood glucose excursions, thus lowering the risks of having diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The healthy fats and fibers potentially contributed to the improved well-being of people who consumed avocados as part of their regular diet. 

The findings, published in the peer-reviewed journal Nutrients, come from the analysis of the physiological effects of added whole and half fresh Hass avocados on hunger and fullness. Researchers also explored how it makes people feel satisfied for longer hours. 

For the study, the research team gathered 31 overweight and obese adults to participate in a randomized three-arm crossover clinical trial. 

“Understanding the relationship between food chemistry and its physiological effects in different populations can reveal opportunities for addressing appetite control and reducing rates of obesity, putting us a step closer to personalized dietary recommendations," Burton-Freeman said. 

The researchers also discovered that the meals that include avocado can also increase the production of the intestinal hormone called PYY, which serves a key role in promoting the healthy physiological response of the body.

The study comes amid the growing obesity epidemic in the U.S. Between 2015 and 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that nearly 93 million adults in the country were already obese. Experts warned that the figure may continue to rise.  

Researchers hope that a simple dietary change by adding healthy food like avocados would have an impact on managing hunger and aiding metabolic control to fight obesity.