Lose Weight? Eat Avocados

I hate them.  Too mushy and fattening and green.  But avocados are turning out to be the diet world's answer to chocolate fudge brownies.

A new study has found that adding one-half of this “superfood” to your daily lunch can help satisfy hunger and stop you from consuming more calories throughout the day, according to yahoo.com.

By adding half an avocado to their daily lunch, "study participants were able to reduce their desire to consume more calories by 40 percent over a three-hour period and 28 percent over a five-hour period," writes Justin Caba. Participants who added half an avocado to their lunch also reported feeling satisfied by 26 percent over a three-hour period.

"Satiety is an important factor in weight management because people who feel satisfied are less likely to snack between meals," Dr. Joan Sabaté, chair of the Department of Nutrition at Loma Linda University, tells Caba.

Caba nots that one fresh "contains the lowest amount of sugar per serving compared to any other fresh fruit at one gram per one ounce serving and serves as a natural source of wholesome dietary fats." Adding avocado to your diet can help contribute to eight percent of the daily value of fiber needed while only providing three grams of total carbohydrates. One-fifth of an avocado, or one ounce, contains 50 calories and nearly 20 essential vitamins and minerals. 

So I guess I'm going to have to rethink my aversion, but can they do anything about the mushiness? 


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