A new study published in the November issue of Nutrition Journal gives us more food for thought on how avocados can benefit health. Researchers at Loma Linda University in California found that adding one-half of a fresh avocado to a lunch may have helped the healthy, overweight people who volunteered for the study feel more satisfied with the meal. The desire to eat in the three hours following the lunch that included avocados declined by 40 percent compared to the urge to eat after an avocado-free lunch. Over a five-hour period, the desire to eat decreased by 28 percent compared to the hunger pangs that occurred after a lunch without avocados.
What’s more, the researchers reported that while adding avocados did boost the study participants’ calorie and carbohydrate intake at lunch, their blood sugar levels didn’t bump up any more than the increase seen after eating lunch without avocados. The investigators said this finding suggests that avocados may have a role in managing blood sugar and warrants further study.
Try my recipe for guacamole in my book “The Omni Diet” (now available in paperback).