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Can eating avocado help with weight loss?

Avocado can help you whittle your waist. It's true! Researchers suspect that the unsaturated fat in avocados may ratchet up body levels of the hunger-halting hormone called leptin -- a hormone that lets your brain know that you're full, so you stop eating.

Judy Caplan
Nutrition & Dietetics

Yes avocados can help with weight loss. Avocados contain healthy monounsaturated fat. Fat in the diet helps keep you satiated and full. One quarter of an avocado is about 5 grams of fat or one serving. You need healthy fat in your diet every day. Avocado on sandwiches, in salads, and on top of vegetarian chili are all great ways to use avocados.

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