Recent research seems to suggest that eating half an avocado could increase your feelings of fullness and therefore help with your weight loss efforts.
Failing to control your appetite is one of the leading causes for weight gain so this research will solve a serious issue.
What research was undertaken?
In the November 2013 edition of Nutrition Journal it was discovered that eating half an avocado could increase your feelings of satiety (fullness).
The study also concluded that eating an avocado could influence your blood sugar levels and your insulin levels.
Fruit and satiety levels
The Satiety Index was created by Dr Susanne Holt, who wanted to create a guide to show which foods help keep hunger levels low.
Those with a high Satiety Index score were those that helped keep hunger at bay.
Using white bread as the benchmark, another 38 foods were tested with fruit achieving almost twice the satiety score of white bread.
What is a little surprising is that french fries are rated quite highly on this index, although you will not see anyone recommending them as part of a healthy diet. Obviously due to their fat and salt content.
Avocados and insulin levels
Insulin helps the body to remove glucose from your blood. However, when your insulin levels are low this glucose will be turned into fat that will be stored on your body.
Avocados will ensure your insulin works to its maximum so will reduce the amount of glucose that will be converted into fat.
Avocados and cholesterol levels
Two thirds of the fat found in avocados are monounsaturated, which are a type of fat that has been shown to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, while raising HDL (good) cholesterol levels.
This is important as reducing your cholesterol levels will reduce your chances of suffering heart disease.
Avocados also contain high levels of vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant that may help to reduce the damage caused by the free radicals within your body.
This again can lower the risk of heart disease and even some forms of cancer.
Should avocados be added to your diet?
There are so many benefits of eating avocado besides weight loss that everyone really should consider adding it to their daily diet.
You can even mash it and spread it instead of mayonnaise if you want an easy way to increase the amount of avocado you consume.
Other foods for suppressing hunger
Along with an avocado the best foods for suppressing hunger are eggs, beans and beef.
You may be surprised that popcorn is also good for suppressing hunger, as long as you avoid those hat are covered in butter, oil or salt.