Whether we're smashing avocados onto slices of toast, adding chunks to salads, or using them as keto-friendly replacements for healthy fats, people can not seem to get an adequate amount of them. Not that we are able to blame anyone, obviously – they're delicious! And it turns out, they may also be the key to keeping weight off as we age.

A 2021 study from California examined the diets of 55,000 men and women older than 30 within the last 11 years. They weighed participants at the start of the study, half-way through, and then finally at the conclusion. People who reported eating at least a quarter of the avocado on a daily basis were apparently 15 % less likely to have become overweight with time. As though we wanted another reason to love this scrumptious fruit (yep, avocados really are a fruit). 

The study originates from the Loma Linda University in California, which is the same institution that made headlines last year for his or her offer to pay for 1,000 people $300 to consume avocados every single day. Understandably, they did not have to wait too long for plenty of hungry volunteers to register.

These results also line up with another study published in October which again observed participants who ate avocado every day. In this instance, they found these to be especially beneficial in lowering LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol thanks to their antioxidant properties. As you probably know, high cholesterol levels and weight issues are often linked, so it makes sense that lowering bad cholesterol can sort out the amount on your scale, too.