Want To Stop Snacking and Lose Weight? Try Avocado!
Research reveals that eating half an avocado at lunchtime can boost feelings of fullness and reduce the temptation to snack between meals.
The latest study involved 26 healthy but overweight adults. Researchers wanted to see if avocado consumption influences satiety, blood sugar, insulin response and snacking.
The findings, published in the Nutrition Journal, revealed that participants who had half an avocado for lunch reported 40% less desire to snack the following three hours and 28% less desire to eat over the next five hours.
Furthermore, the study revealed that participants in the avocado group were more satisfied over the three-hour period following the meal.
“Satiety is an important factor in weight management, because people who feel satisfied are less likely to snack between meals,” said lead researcher, Dr Joan Sabate, a nutritionist from Loma Linda University.
“We noted that though adding avocados increased participants’ calorie and carbohydrate intake at lunch, there was no increase in blood sugar levels beyond what was observed after eating the standard lunch,” Sabate added. “This leads us to believe that avocados’ potential role in blood sugar management is worth further investigation.”
Researchers noted that additional studies are needed to confirm these findings.