Avocados Can Suppress Hunger, New Study Suggests


Avocados are evolving as a fancy food that many people are developing a liking towards. It is not technically just the “trend” that people are blindly following; this superfood is actually good for one’s health, without any doubt. The presence of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids along with the healthy sources of calories and energy is what is making this a popular.

A new study (R) conducted by the researchers from the Illinois Institute of Technology has found that consuming a diet filled with fresh avocados instead of the refined carbs can significantly be very effective in suppressing the hunger and even increase the meal satisfaction in the obese and overweight adults.

The constant growth rate of obesity in the United States of America has been an alarming factor that the specialists and doctors have been stressed about. The findings from this study is definitely going to pave way for a better change with just a simple dietary change that cannot just help manage the hunger but even help boost the metabolic control of the body.

The findings of this study were published in the famous peer reviewed journal, Nutrients. The main aim of the researchers was to assess the impacts of the whole and half fresh Hass avocadoes on the prospects of hunger, fullness as well as the satiety of an individual over a six-hour period all the more.

The research was conducted with 31 participants who were obese and overweight in a randomized three-arm crossover clinical trial. These specific trials were also found to limit the insulin and the glucose excursions in the body. What this did was further reduce the risks associated with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases with the addition of healthy fats and fibers to the regular diet.

Britt Burton-Freeman, Ph.D., director of the Center for Nutrition Research at Illinois Tech who authored the study suggested saying that for years now, fats have been targeted as the main reason behind the prospect of obesity and weight gain. It is only recently that the carbohydrates have come under scrutiny because of their correlation with appetite regulation as well as weight control.

Burton-Freeman further suggested that there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to the meals and the nutrition that one needs for a healthier life. It all comes down to the conscious understanding of the food chemistry and its impacts on the physiology of the body are what are important as the end of the day. This is what is believed to be the key when it comes to understanding the prospects of appetite control and then reducing the rates of obesity all the more.

Avocados are stepping out as one of the best options in the lot. The results from this study did find that including the avocados in the diet resulted in not just reducing the hunger pangs but also simultaneously increase how satisfied the participants felt throughout the process. They further found that the intestinal hormone, PYY, did have an important role to play in this as well.