Avocados Shown To Increase Feelings of Satiety and Suppress Hunger
Avocados contain a lot of fiber, potassium, vitamin B6 and
vitamin C. According to a new study, substituting avocados for refined
carbohydrates may significantly suppress hunger and increase meal satisfaction.
Participants in the study included thirty-one overweight or obese
adults between the ages of 20 and 65. On three separate occasions, the
participants consumed a low-fat, high-carbohydrate control meal, a high-fat
meal that contained half an avocado, and a high-fat meal that contained a whole
avocado. The researchers used a visual analog scale to measure subjective
satiety, and subjective feelings of fullness, hunger, desire to eat, and
prospective consumption at baseline and at 7 time-specific intervals after the
The researchers found that hunger was significantly suppressed
over time by the whole avocado meal, compared to the control. Participants
reported feeling more satisfied after eating the half and whole avocado meals,
compared to the control. They also reported having greater hunger suppression
after the whole avocado meal, compared to the control.
The study was conducted by researchers from the Illinois
Institute of Technology. It was published online ahead of print on April 26,
2019 in the journal Nutrients.