Another Great Reason to Eat Avocados

Who doesn’t love some healthy fats

We love avocados around here and for good reason. They are rich in monounsaturated fat, fiber and vitamins and minerals like folate, magnesium, potassium, vitamins C, E, K and B6… to name a few. But a new study finds that eating avocados could reduce the amount of fat stored in the body.

The study followed 105 participants between the ages of 25-45 years old. All were either overweight or obese. The group was split between those who consumed one avocado a day and the control group who did not eat any avocado for 12 weeks. All participants maintained their usual level of fitness and made no other changes to their diet.

The findings:

  • Participants who ate an avocado a day had a reduction in visceral fat and an improved ratio of visceral fat and subcutaneous fat.
  • Participants who did not eat avocado actually saw an increase in overall fat gain.
  • Only females benefitted from the avocado consumption in this way.

The takeaway:

Visceral fat is a type of fat that is stored in the abdominal area. This fat wraps around internal organs and can be dangerous for your health: promoting inflammation, insulin resistance and impaired metabolism. Subcutaneous fat is stored just beneath the skin and poses less of a health risk compared to visceral fat. The study’s findings indicate that an avocado a day could help to keep this dangerous fat away.

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