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LMU – 187 Unlocking the Surprising Benefits of Avocado: A Nutrient-Packed Revelation


LMU – 187 Unlocking the Surprising Benefits of Avocado: A Nutrient-Packed Revelation

Source: Journal of Nutrition (August 2020)

Lifestyle Medicine Update (January 7, 2020)


Avocadoes, often maligned for their high-fat content, have undergone a significant image transformation in recent years. What was once considered a potential contributor to weight gain is now revealing itself as a multifaceted health champion. Recent studies have illuminated the potential of this green, creamy fruit to aid weight management, support gut health, and enhance overall well-being.

The Unexpected Weight Management Ally

Contrary to the belief that avocadoes might lead to weight gain, recent research suggests quite the opposite. Studies indicate that individuals who incorporate avocadoes into their regular diet tend to be less susceptible to weight gain. These findings have sparked intrigue, challenging conventional wisdom and reshaping our perspective on avocado consumption.

Satiety: The Key to Avocado’s Impact

One plausible explanation for avocadoes’ weight management prowess lies in their ability to induce satiety. Much like nuts, which are also rich in healthy monounsaturated fats, avocadoes have a knack for keeping hunger at bay. This satiety effect helps prevent overconsumption of other calorie-laden foods, particularly carbohydrates.

A Glimpse into the Research

In a groundbreaking study published in the Journal of Nutrition in August 2020, researchers explored the diverse benefits of regular avocado consumption. The study involved 163 adults aged 25 to 45, all of whom were overweight or obese but otherwise healthy. Participants were divided into two groups: one consumed an avocado daily as part of a meal for 12 consecutive weeks, while the other group enjoyed a similar meal sans avocado. Throughout the study period, participants meticulously recorded their food intake.

A Revelation: Blocking Fat Absorption

The results were nothing short of impressive and, in some respects, astonishing. Surprisingly, even though the group consuming daily avocados consumed more calories overall than the control group, they excreted a greater amount of fat during bowel movements than they ingested. This peculiar outcome hinted at a fascinating aspect of avocado consumption: it appears to block the absorption of fat from the gut into the bloodstream after a meal. The mechanism at play involves a reduction in the secretion of bile acids needed to digest dietary fats. When the body cannot effectively digest fat, it remains unabsorbed, unused, and unconverted into stored calories.

The Fiber and Microbiome Connection

Another facet of avocadoes’ health benefits lies in their high dietary fiber content, notably the type of fiber that nourishes gut-friendly bacteria. With a medium avocado containing a generous 12 grams of fiber, many individuals in North America and the Western world fall short of this daily requirement. Consequently, regular avocado consumption also exerts a positive influence on gut health, cultivating a more favorable gut microbiome. The consumption of avocadoes leads to the proliferation of friendly gut bacteria, which, in turn, crowds out unfriendly counterparts and fosters greater microbial diversity. This transformation translates into a more robust immune system, potentially reducing the risk of infections, cancers, and autoimmune diseases.

Empowering the Immune System and Well-Being

Autoimmune diseases, a concern that escalates with age, impact a significant portion of the population. Research consistently highlights the correlation between compromised and less diverse gut microflora and a heightened risk of autoimmune conditions. By consciously incorporating foods like avocadoes that enhance and preserve gut microflora, individuals can bolster their immune systems, deter autoimmune diseases, and safeguard their intestinal health.

The Path to Wellness: Avocadoes as Allies

Incorporating avocadoes into one’s diet presents a promising strategy for managing weight, meeting daily fiber requirements, and nurturing gut health. With its myriad benefits, the humble avocado emerges as a valuable asset on the journey to overall well-being.


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Dr. Meschino

Dr. James Meschino


Dr. James Meschino, DC, MS, ROHP, is an educator, author, and researcher having lectured to thousands of healthcare professionals across North America. He holds a Master’s Degree in Science with specialties in human nutrition and biology and is recognized as an expert in the field of nutrition, anti-aging, fitness, and wellness as well as the author of numerous books.

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