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One more health reason to love avocados

A new study finds that eating avocados could be the key to feeling full.


Avocados useful for weight management

A new study finds that eating avocados could be the key to feeling full.

Bring on the guacamole!

A new study in Nutrition Journal has found that overweight people who ate half an avocado with their lunch were more likely to feel full. They were also not tempted to snack more after their meal.

The study’s authors say that eating avocados may help with weight management and may even reduce the risk of diseases like Type 2 diabetes.

According to, an avocado includes the following:

  • 368 calories
  • 4.6 grams of protein
  • 19.62 grams of carbohydrate
  • 1166 milligrams of potassium
  • 23.0 milligrams of vitamin C
  • 175 milligrams of beta-sitosterol
  • 0 milligrams of cholesterol

Dr. Joan Sabaté, chairperson of the Department of Nutrition at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California, said that while eating avocados increased participants’ caloric and carbohydrate intake at lunch, it didn’t spike their blood sugar levels.

“This leads us to believe that avocados’ potential role in blood sugar management is worth further investigation,” Dr. Sabaté said.

During the study, 26 overweight but otherwise healthy adults ate avocados at lunch by replacing an item they usually ate with half an avocado or by eating half an avocado in addition to their regular meal. Participants who added half an avocado were 40 percent less likely to desire a snack over the subsequent three-hour period and 28 percent less likely to munch up to five hours after the meal.

Those who ate avocados reported about 26 percent higher meal satisfaction up to three hours after they ate. More studies are needed to see if the results can be replicated for the average person.

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