New research at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign says that people wanting to help their gut health might have a new food to add to their grocery-list.
The findings, published in the Journal of Nutrition, found that consuming avocados everyday can greatly improve a person’s gut health.
Numerous studies have tried to connect eating avocados with weight loss. Instead, the researchers focused on how avocados affect digestion.
The lead study author Sharon Thompson said “We know avocados help you feel full and lower your blood cholesterol, but we did not understand how they change the digestive system.”
The study involved 163 people. The team hoped to find the effect of eating one avocado daily on people who were overweight but otherwise in acceptable health.
The participants were divided into two groups. With one group consuming avocados and the other group not.
All participants had their urine, blood, and fecal samples tested during the 3-month long study.
In the end, the study found that eating an avocado with just one meal ever day leads to a greater presence of good microbes in the stomach.
What’s more, the avocado-consuming group excreted slightly more fat in their stools than the other participants.
“Better fat excretion means those people were storing less energy from their meals,” explains assistant professor of nutrition at the University of Illinois, Hannah Holscher.
These findings are being touted by Avocado lovers as proof of the food’s “Superfood” status.
Avocados are a popular and versatile food which can be used in either sweet or savory meals. With so many different ways to eat them, anyone looking to add Avocados to their diets won’t have to work too hard.
But substitutes are there if you don’t like avocados and want more ways to get healthy probiotic nutrients. One example is yogurt. Which is a long-time favorite of those wanting more good bacteria.
Also consuming high fiber vegetables, including artichokes and broccoli, or foods like chickpeas and lentils, are especially good for your gut health.