There may not be a magic pill, but avocados sure do come close. Along with being the tastiest part in some of our favorite meals—like guacamole and avocado toast—they’re also chock-full of nutritional benefits. Thankfully for us, those nutrients are the exact nutrients our bodies need in order to feel full and satiated throughout the day—making avocados the one food to eat to feel full.
“As with all foods, balance is key to getting all the nutrients the body needs,” says Patricia Bannan, MS, RDN, and a spokesperson for Fresh Avocados—Love One Today. “If weight management is a goal, growing research supports the potential role of avocados in weight management, satiety, and meal satisfaction. Avocados are a good source of fiber, which slows digestion and helps keep you full and satisfied.”
We spoke with Bannan, as well as Rachel Paul, PhD, RD from CollegeNutritionist.com, about the nutritional benefits of avocado—particularly why this magical fruit can help you feel satiated for hours on end. Here’s why it’s the one food to eat to feel full, and for more healthy eating tips, here are the 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time.
Avocados are rich in fiber, which helps fullness.
In a 100-gram serving of avocado (about 1/2 of an average size avocado), you will be getting 7 grams of fiber, which is 26% of your daily value! Foods with fiber have been proven to help with weight loss, and are even better for your digestive tract.
Along with being dense in fiber, avocados are full of all kinds of other nutrients—including five essential nutrients (fiber, folate, vitamin K, pantothenic acid, and copper). Nearly 20 vitamins, minerals, and beneficial plant compounds can be found in a mere 80-calorie serving of avocado, according to Bannan. Plus, avocados even have more potassium than bananas!
“When I think ‘healthy,’ one of the key factors that comes to mind is nutrient density,” says Bannan. “Nutrient-dense foods are those that provide substantial amounts of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients with relatively few calories. Avocados are a prime example of nutrient-dense food.”
Avocados have good, healthy fats.
Avocados are a rich source of monounsaturated fats, which come with all kinds of health benefits for your body—including your body’s fullness cues
“The fat found in avocados—primarily oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid—has been associated with reduced inflammation, and may even help decrease cancer risk,” says Paul. “The fats in avocado are also a great choice for cooking since they are relatively resistant to heat-induced oxidation.”
Research from The Journal of Nutrition also shows that unsaturated fats (whether they are monounsaturated or polyunsaturated) have helped decrease “bad” LDL cholesterol and increase “good” HDL cholesterol.
Avocados slow down digestion.
According to Bannan, if you eat a meal that’s higher in fiber, your digestion…