Avocado Research Study
The Department of Nutrition at LLU conducted a study on the effects of eating avocados on health related outcomes. Thirty subjects were recruited to attend three clinics over the course of five weeks and were given all meals on those three days. Each subject had the opportunity to eat a lunch with no avocados (the control lunch), a lunch with avocado replacing calories of the control lunch (avocado lunch) and a lunch with avocado added to the control lunch (avocado supplement lunch). Blood was drawn from each participant at set intervals after lunch at which time they were asked to report their feelings of hunger or satisfaction.
We hypothesized that the meails containing avocado would decrease the postprandial glycemic and insulinemic response, enhance satiety, decrease caloric intake and influence gastrointestinal peptides and hormones to better control food intake.
Currently, glycemic and insulin indices, appetitie rating, energy intake, gastrointestinal peptides and hormones are being analyzed. The study has been funded by the Hass Avocado Board in Irvine, California.