The avocado is to the Millenial diet what the beard is to the male Millenial. If you’re bored of the trend, think again. It turns out that the Instagram-friendly staples of the Millenial diet are not only good for you, but are high in polyunsaturated fats that act as natural appetite suppressants.
Researchers from the University of Georgia have found that foods rich in polyunsaturated fats (think salmon, chickpeas, chia seeds, olive oil, and walnuts) have the ability to affect body-signalling hormones and alter appetite, contributing to overall weight loss.
“Appetite hormones play an important role in regulating how much we eat,” said lead researcher, Jamie A. Cooper, Ph.D. of the University of Georgia.
Researchers measured the hormone changes of participants aged 18-35 while following a diet high in polyunsaturated fat. Participants were asked to rate how full or hungry they were, as well as how much they thought they could eat.
Those on the polyunsaturated fats diet were less hungry and felt fuller for longer than those who didn’t follow the diet. Walnuts, in particular, were singled out for their health benefits. They are polyunsaturated fat superstars, with 13 out of 18 grams of total fat per one ounce serving, and are the only nut to contain a significant amount of plant-based omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid.
These ingredients have already been linked to improved brain power and better memory. Which means that if you’re a Millenial and reading this, you remember that millionaire who told you to stop buying avocado on toast if they wanted to purchase a home.
Apparently eating well is the best revenge.