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 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.