Snacking on nuts or avocado helps curb appetite with their healthy oils, finds study

A fat found in olive oil, nuts and avocados could help naturally curb weight gain.

Scientists found the 'anti-snacking' fat known as oleic acid triggers a reaction in the body that staves off hunger pangs. It activates a brain area that increases the feeling of satiety, sending out the message: 'I feel full.' The discovery that it regulates food consumption and prolongs the time between meals could lead to the development of a new generation of anti-obesity drugs.

It could also be among the reasons why a Mediterranean diet which contains high levels of unsaturated fat found in olive oil, nuts, seeds and food such as avocados is so good for us. The research was carried out by U.S. scientists and published in the journal Cell Metabolism.

Source - Daily Mail


  1. Er - snacking on nuts or avocado actually fills you up.

  2. Well I guess it fills you up with 'good' stuff instead of sugary/salty/fatty stuff!