Avocado With more than 35% of the US population classed as obese, it seems there is a need for new weight loss strategies. Now, new research suggests that one-half of a fresh avocado with lunch may satisfy hunger in overweight individuals, reducing their need to snack after a meal. This is according to a study published in the Nutrition Journal.

The research team, led by Dr. Joan Sabaté, chair of the Department of Nutrition at Loma Linda University in California, says their study also suggests that avocados may help regulate blood sugar levels – a finding which could have important implications fordiabetes sufferers.

The avocado is a fruit from a tree native to Mexico and Central America. The fruit is commonly used in salads, and is the main ingredient in guacamole – a Mexican dip.

According to the Hass Avocado Board (HAB), who funded the study, a whole fresh avocado contains around 250 calories and 23g of fat.

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