It’s no secret that avocados have healthy fats and can aid in lowering cholesterol (and are tasty, too). But turns out, avocados may improve gut health as well.
According to a new study from the Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that eating an avocado a day may help create more gut microbes that assist in breaking down fiber and increase metabolites. In the study, researchers had 163 adults who were overweight or obese replace one meal a day. Half of the participants ate an avocado with their meals, and the other half did not. They did this for 12 weeks while providing blood, urine, and fecal samples. At the end of the study, those who ate avocados were closer to their daily fiber goals than those who did not. Eating avocado also helped produce gut microbes that can better break down fiber for better gut health.
Hannah Holscher, assistant professor of nutrition in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois and senior author of the study says, “Less than five percent of Americans eat enough fiber. Most people consume around 12 to 16 grams of fiber per day. Thus, incorporating avocados in your diet can help get you closer to meeting the fiber recommendation.”
Maybe an apple isn’t the only fruit per day that can keep the doctor away, though we’ll admit we don’t foresee “an avocado a day keeps the gastroenterologist away” catching on any time soon.
[Via Martha Stewart]