Eating avocados can have a surprising effect in reducing belly fat but this appears to only 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 avocado can have positive effects on various metabolic diseases including type 2 diabetes.
The researchers took 105 adults between the ages of 25 and 45 who were overweight or obese (61% female) in the experiment, and divided them into two groups: the first consisted of 53 people who had to go on a diet that also ate dinner. an avocado while the second consisted of 52 people following a very similar diet but without the evening avocado.
The experiment lasted for 12 weeks. Eventually researchers became interested in the distribution of belly fat.
The results showed that the participants who did not eat avocado in the evening did not experience any changes, while the participants who ate avocado in the evening showed a beneficial redistribution of the same fat in the abdominal area.
The researchers also noted something else: the beneficial effect, consisting in the redistribution of visceral and subcutaneous fat, occurred mostly only in women. In fact, males do not appear to be involved in this process.
However, the males themselves did not suffer any harm, not even with regard to the level of glucose.
Benefits of consuming avocados daily
“Our research not only highlights the benefits of daily avocado consumption on different types of fat distribution between the sexes, but provides us with a basis for further work to understand the full impact of avocados on body fat and on health,” explains Richard McKenzie, Professor of Human Metabolism at the University of Roehampton, London. , who was involved in the study by a team led by Niman Khan, a professor of kinesiology at the University of Illinois.
Notes and insights
- A controlled study found that avocados alter the distribution of belly fat in Illinois women (he is)
- Avocado consumption, abdominal obesity, and oral glucose tolerance in overweight and obese subjects | Nutrition Journal | Oxford Academy (he is) (DOI: 10.1093/jn/nxab187)
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