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Eating Avocados Could Help Prevent Diabetes

Here’s a fun, obscure fact: Avocado is a fruit that actually evolved to be specifically eaten by ancient giant ground sloths since their pits easily pass through their digestive system without relying too much on the sloth’s slow metabolism. The pit then passes out as droppings and grow new avocado plants. However, when the sloths died, man started domesticating the fruit, eventually making them the size they are today.

And while we certainly don’t have a slow metabolism that needs food to rely on its own, eating avocados also comes with a great benefit for us: They can help us avoid developing diabetes.

Delaying and Stopping Diabetes

This finding was recently stated in a new study published in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, which shows how a compound that’s specifically found in the fruit can help stop the cellular processes that usually lead to the development of life-threatening diabetes.

Led by Prof. Paul Spagnuolo, the study findings were taken from safety testing in humans, who are also shown to even absorb the substance into our bloodstream, all without making any adverse effects on our muscle, liver and kidneys.

Usually, people with diabetes have insulin resistance, which makes the condition deadly. This is because being insulin-resistant means that your body is unfortunately unable to remove the glucose from your blood, which it then employs as fuel and energy source. This type of complication usually happens when our mitochondria, which act as the powerhouse of our cells, are not able to completely burn fatty acids. This would then lead to incomplete oxidation.

However, the researchers discovered that avocation B (AvoB), specifically found in avocados, can help counter incomplete oxidation in our skeletal muscle and pancreas. This reduces insulin resistance, which can then lead to the delay, or even complete stop, of developing diabetes.

Due to the testing found to be safe in humans, the researchers plan on conducting more clinical trials moving forward. This includes determining just how much AvoB is needed to create a supplement formulation that people can possibly take in the future.

Avocado Crab toast with shredded crab, cucumber, cream, avocado and cilantro from the Mexican state of Sinaloa, is served at the Gastronomic Forum in Mexico City on November 24, 2016. OMAR TORRES/AFP/Getty Images

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