Most people think that avocados are fatty foods that increase weight. Not true. In a study of sixty-one persons, with a control group on a calorie-restricted diet, those who ate avocado oil to replace their other oil sources had comparable weight loss with the other participants on diet.
The research was conducted by researchers from South Africa’s Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (Pieterse et al. 2005). Their stated purpose was to “dispel the myth that avocados are fattening.”
gave part of a group of sixty-one obese persons on a weight loss regimen avocado oil to replace their other fat and oil sources. At the end of six weeks, the avocado oil subjects had similar weight loss results as with the other weight loss subjects.
The research included 13 men and 48 women, with BMIs (body mass index) of 32 +/- 3.9. They were paired and assigned to either a group who consumed 200 grams per day of avocados, each containing over 30 grams of fat on average. This served as a substitute for 30 grams of other dietary fats in their diets. The other group excluded avocado from their diets, while on a reduced-calorie diet for 6 weeks.
At the end of the six weeks, body mass, body mass index, and percentage of body fat decreased significantly in both groups in a similar manner.
The researchers also noted that there were no other adverse results from consuming the avocados instead of other oils and fats.