Consuming an avocado a day has been found to reshape abdominal fat in women towards a healthier profile.
105 overweight and obese adult subjects participated in the study. In the randomized controlled experiment, male and female participants were provided with one of their daily meals for 12 weeks by the experimental team. A reduction in visceral abdominal adipose tissue was found in women who had avocado in their daily meals.
Visceral adipose tissue is a structure that surrounds the organs in the abdominal cavity and is mostly invisible from the outside. An increase in this fat indicates an unhealthy lifestyle and may indicate that some health risks are on the rise.
Avocado does not slim the waist, but creates a healthier fat tissue
The researchers stated that the aim of the study was not to lose weight, but to change the distribution of adipose tissue. Stating that the region of body fat has an important role in terms of health, the researchers pointed out that there are two types of fat in the abdominal region.
One of the types of fat in the abdomen is the fat that is stored under the skin, and the other is the fat that surrounds the internal organs. People with a higher concentration of this second type, called visceral fat, have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the future.
In a study published in The Journal of Nutrition, it was stated that subjects who consumed 1 avocado per day had a significant decrease in the amount of visceral fat and the ratio of this fat to subcutaneous fat. In addition, avocado consumption did not show any effect in men, while there was no improvement in glucose tolerance in both sexes.