Nov 25, 2017 | Updated: 09:54 AM EDT

Avocado's Surprising Benefits That You Probably Don't Know: Weight Loss, Antioxidant & More Revealed By Studies

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Avocados are known for being a natural fruit for its disease-fighting antioxidants. However, several new studies have discovered that the fruit could be an effective add-on in a person’s daily diet for weight loss and could prevent metabolic syndrome as well.

According to Time, a study conducted by Iranian researchers discovered that eating avocado could prevent metabolic syndrome. In which, the disease was described to be a combination of three or more risk factors for heart disease and diabetes.

"The lipid-lowering, antihypertensive, antidiabetic, anti-obesity, antithrombotic, antiatherosclerotic, and cardioprotective effects of avocado have been demonstrated in several studies," the authors wrote in their research paper published in the journal Phytotherapy Research. The study involved the effects of eating avocado parts such as its leaves, peels, oil, and pits.

With that said, the study concluded avocado have the most beneficial effects on cholesterol levels. It was also added by Cynthia Sass, RD, MPH which is not involved in the study that eating an avocado could aid in removing belly fat which is the most dangerous fat to carry as well.

Aside from that, another study had revealed that avocados could aid in a person’s overall diet as NDTV reported. The research which is supported by another study published in the Journal Internal Medicine Review revealed that avocados are a good quality nutrition to your daily diet. It was also said to maintain the body’s average body mass index (BMI) and fight belly fat as well.

"These findings indicate incorporating avocados could be one way to meet the recommended fruit and vegetable intake and potentially improve physiologic measures," Nikki Ford, Hass Avocado Board Director of Nutrition in California, US stated. Avocados were also said to be good sources of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

Compared to non-consumers, the researchers discovered that people who eat avocados were 33 percent less likely to be overweight or obese. Those people were also said to be 32 percent less likely to have an elevated waist circumference. Avocado consumers were also mentioned to have stable insulin levels due to the fruit’s fewer carbs, added sugars and sodium.

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