Are you also completely averse to avocados? Then you are not the only one. This fruit has gained considerable popularity in our country in recent years. The green bombs are full of minerals, antioxidants, vitamins, fiber and healthy fats. All nutrients that contribute to good health. And another huge plus is now being added to that huge list of benefits.
Scientists have discovered that there is another very good reason to eat avocados more often. Researchers from the University of Guelma in Algeria have demonstrated how a substance that is only in avocados can inhibit cellular processes in the pancreas. And not just cells, it is the cells that play an important role in the development of insulin resistance.
Your body receives energy through glucose, with insulin ensuring that glucose can be absorbed by all cells in the body. But due to lifestyle factors, such as overweight, the cells may suddenly stop responding to insulin. When that happens, the pancreas starts producing more insulin to lower blood sugar levels. This leads to high levels of insulin in the blood and can eventually develop into type 2 diabetes. Scientists have now discovered that a substance that only occurs in avocados (Avocatin B) prevents incomplete burning, so that the pancreas does not produce extra insulin.
Two tests with avocados
The scientists base their conclusions on two experiments. The first involved a test among two groups of mice. Both groups were first put on a high-fat diet for weeks, so that they developed overweight and insulin resistance. After five ways, part of the Avocatin B group was added to the diet. At the end of the experiment, it appeared that the mice that had not received Avocatin B weighed considerably heavier. This group also arrived faster and were less sensitive to insulin. The scientists then tested the effect of Avocatin B on humans. The test also showed that the results were positive. However, the researchers state that this test is still too small to be able to demonstrate a significant connection with it.
Although avocados are packed with healthy substances, it is best to take Avocatin B with a supplement. The scientists state that the presence of this substance in each fruit varies greatly. It is now being investigated whether it can therefore be marketed as a dietary supplement. The researchers also want to do more research, to see if this active substance can be used in the future to disadvantage metabolic disorders.