It’s no secret that avocados have fast become a breakfast staple.
One Melbourne café has gone as far as serving coffee in avocado shells.
The most recent crazy popping up all over Instagram is the avocado pizza.
Now, there’s another reason to love this versatile fruit.
According to an article published in The Independent, avocado along with houmous and nut butter – all high in polyunsaturated fat - help our bodies deal with hunger, contributing to overall weight loss.
A small study from the University of Georgia found Eating diet high in polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) can protect against effects of ‘splurge’ meals.
Researchers said that after seven days participants who ate a diet high in polyunsaturated fats burned more fat compared to a control group who ate a normal diet. Additionally, people who ate more PUFAs said they felt fuller for longer.
"Appetite hormones play an important role in regulating how much we eat," said lead researcher, Jamie A. Cooper, PhD of the University of Georgia.
"These findings tell us that eating foods rich in PUFAs, like those found in walnuts, may favourably change appetite hormones so that we can feel fuller for longer."
As The Independent added, polyunsaturated fats decrease the hormone ghrelin which controls hunger.
While the results are a win for avocados, the small scale of the study means research is still needed.