Eating an avocado can have a surprising effect on reducing belly fat but this only appears to apply to women according to a new study by researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The redistribution of belly fat that appears to be caused by avocados can have positive effects on various metabolic diseases including type 2 diabetes.
The researchers involved 105 adult people aged between 25 and 45 who were overweight or obese (61% females) taking part in the experiment, assigning them into two groups: the first consisting of 53 people had to carry on a diet that saw for dinner also an avocado while the second made up of 52 people carried on a very similar diet but without the evening avocado.
The experiment lasted for 12 weeks; eventually the researchers became interested in the distribution of abdominal fat.
The results showed that participants who did not eat avocado in the evening did not experience any changes while participants who instead consumed avocado in the evening showed beneficial redistribution of the same fat in the belly area.
The researchers also noted another thing: the beneficial effect, which consisted of a redistribution of visceral fat and subcutaneous fat, occurred mostly only in women. The males, in fact, did not appear to be involved in this process.
However, the males themselves suffered no harm, not even in relation to the glucose level.
Benefits of daily avocado consumption
“Our research not only sheds valuable light on the benefits of daily avocado consumption on the different types of fat distribution between the sexes, but provides us with a basis for further work to understand the full impact avocados have on body fat and on health, ”explains Richard Mackenzie, a professor of human metabolism at the University of Roehampton, London, who participated in the study which was carried out by a team led by Naiman Khan, a professor of kinesiology at the University of Illinois.
Notes and insights
- Avocados change belly fat distribution in women, controlled study finds | Illinois (IA)
- Avocado Consumption, Abdominal Adiposity, and Oral Glucose Tolerance Among Persons with Overweight and Obesity | The Journal of Nutrition | Oxford Academic (IA) (DOI: 10.1093/jn/nxab187)