Incredible new research out of the US has confirmed just how amazing avocados really are.
A study released by the Centre for Nutrition Research at the Illinois Institute of Technology has found that using fresh avos as a substitute for refined carbs can significantly suppress hunger without adding calories.
The findings, published in the journal Nutrients, evaluated the physiological effects of including whole and half fresh avocados on fullness, hunger, and satisfaction levels in the six-hour period following.
The research included 31 overweight and obese adults in a randomised three-arm crossover clinical trial.
The results showed that these dietary changes also positively impacted insulin and blood glucose levels, reducing the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
"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," said Dr. Britt Burton-Freeman, director of the Centre for Nutrition Research at Illinois Tech.
"There is no 'one size fits all' solution when it comes to optimal meal composition for managing appetite. However, 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 personalised dietary recommendations."
The research found that including avos was able to significantly reduce hunger and increase satisfaction.
Unfortunately, however, previous findings have suggested that avocados can be terrible for your sleep.