A study conducted by researchers in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, saw just over 100 overweight and obese participants split into two groups, both provided with similar tools – the only difference being that in one group were represented one avocado every dayand the other does not. They found that women who ate avocados every day had a decrease in deep visceral belly fat.
“The goal was not to lose weight; we were interested to understand how eating avocado affects how people accumulate fat. The placement of fat in the body plays an important role in health,” he explained. Naiman Khan, Ph.D., Professor of Kinesiology and Public Health at the University. “Individuals with a higher proportion of this deeper visceral fat are at greater risk of developing diabetes.”
At both ends of the 12-week training period, abdominal fat and glucose tolerance were measured by the researchers. “Although daily consumption of avocados did not alter glucose tolerance, we learned that a diet that included avocados every day affected how people accumulate body fat in a way that was beneficial to their health, but the benefit was mostly for women, ”Khan said. The fat composition in men has not changed, but researchers note that this confirms evidence of more nuanced dietary interventions based on gender and other more unique factors.
“Learning that the benefits were only apparent in women tells us a little bit about the potential of sex, which plays a role in responding to dietary intervention,” Khan said.