Avocado Health Benefits Include Appetite Control
Avocados have been known for a long time to be a good source of healthy fat and are a good source of nutrients and minerals for your whole body. This produce aisle fruit contains roughly 20 minerals and vitamins per each serving! It’s a no wonder why people want to incorporate avocados into their daily diet! Avocados are low in sugar and contain fiber, folate, B vitamins, potassium, as well as, so many other great nutrients. New studies into avocado health benefits are showing that this fruit may help solve problems with hunger and obesity.
Avocado Health Benefits: Appetite Control
New research findings from Loma Linda University on avocado health benefits and consumption were presented at the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS) 20th International Congress of Nutrition, in Granada, Spain on September 18, 2013. The new US study found that incorporating half of a fresh Hass Avocado into a lunch meal could help to reduce hunger and the desire to eat in overweight adults.
The new Loma Linda University study was a randomized single-blind study supported by the Hass Avocado Board and it involved 26 healthy overweight adults (average age of 40 years and BMI around 28). The study participants consumed a standardized breakfast followed by 1 of 3 lunch test meals and they rated five appetite sensations before lunch and at specific intervals over 5 hours following the start of the test meal. Blood glucose and insulin were measured before lunch and at specific intervals over 3 hours following the start of the test meal.
The study researchers found that those study participants who ate half of a fresh avocado with their lunch reported a 40% decreased desire to eat during the 3 hours after their lunch, and a 28% decreased desire to eat 5 hours after, compared with individuals who ate a standard lunch with no avocado.
The new study also found that the group who ate half of a fresh avocado also reported feeling 26% more satisfied after their lunch, compared with those who ate no avocado.
Blood Sugar Effects of Avocado
The study researchers found that including or adding avocado to a meal resulted in no increase in blood sugar levels but there was a smaller post-meal rises in insulin compared to eating a standard lunch meal without avocado. The study’s conclusion was that “the addition of approximately half of a fresh Hass avocado to a lunch meal favorably increased satisfaction and reduced the desire to eat over a subsequent 3 hour and 5 hour period in an overweight and moderately obese adult population.”
Incorporating Avocado Into Your Diet And AFS
One of the biggest signs of Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome is hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia is low blood sugar. Our bodies need a good source of energy from proteins and healthy fats to maintain proper homeostasis. When you suffer from AFS your blood sugar levels are often times way more lower than normal and it causes a whole range of symptoms.Low blood sugar can cause dizziness, shakiness, headaches, behavior changes, sweating, hunger and many other problems. If not taken care of it can lead to unconsciousness or even worse. Avocados contain good healthy fat that help maintain proper blood sugar levels. Also, hypoglycemia can cause hunger, with this new study on how avocados could help hunger, it seems the two go hand in hand. So go ahead reach for that avocado the next time you get hungry!
The NeuroEndMetabolic Stress Response And Avocados
The NeuroEndoMetabolic stress response (NEM) model is all about how your bodies systems and organs handle stress. The key to healthy body relates greatly to a healthy metabolism. A healthy metabolism will defend our body from the oxidative damage caused by stress and will prevent it from further harming our cells. The wonderful thing about avocados is that they can actually boost your metabolism. So by eating the right foods it actually helps the NEM stress response and keeps our bodies healthier.
Avocados have a great natural way to heal our bodies, give us nutrients and aid in helping systems in our bodies to stay in check. Overall, this study has shown that there is a possible link with healing hunger and helping with obesity by eating avocados. What is even more astonishing is how avocado health benefits can extend to helping those with Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome. If you add up all of the health benefits of avocados you can’t very well disregard them from your diet.
Source: Nutrition Journal 2013