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Weight loss: The surprising high fat food that 'significantly' reduces calorie intake - Daily Express

According to a recent study, people who normally eat avocados have a lower calorie intake.

That is beneficial for those following diets that are not high in animal fats.

Avocados also have high levels of B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E and potassium.

In the new study, Mexican families who had 14 avocados on average a week over a six months period were analysed.

The results reported huge positive health effects.

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After consuming the healthy food, families found avocados would make them feel fuller after eating.

The study, recently published in the journal Nutrients, also showed that people who often have avocados tend to eat a healthier diet.

The families who took part in their study reduced their consumption of processed meat, chicken and eggs.

Surprisingly, people who consume 14 avocados a week also reported decreased intake of calcium, iron, sodium, vitamin D, potassium and magnesium, which researchers explained is associated with eating less.

Dr Lorena Pchego, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said: “Our results show that the nutrition education and high avocado intake intervention group significantly reduced their family total energy intake, as well as carbohydrate, protein, fat (including saturated), calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, potassium and vitamin D.

“In secondary energy-adjusted analyses, the nutrition education and high avocado allotment group significantly increased their intake of dietary fibre, monounsaturated fatty acids, potassium, vitamin E and folate.

“Testing of a culturally appropriate plant-foot on energy intake, by bicultural and bilingual community health workers, should be extended to other populations."