5 Reasons You Should Be Eating More Avocados Feb 11, 2016 by Sarah (Day Styles)
Avocados have a bit of a bad reputation because of their high calorie count, but avocadoes are actually some of the best things we can eat regarding their nutritional value. Here are five great reasons why you should be eating more avocados!
They won’t make you fat...
Avocados are an excellent source of fat, but the kind of fat that we need to keep us healthy! They are full of monounsaturated fatty acids (the fat found in olive oil), which contribute to the health of our hearts and helps to fight cardiovascular disease. This kind of fat keeps our bodies satiated, so we feel fuller for a longer period, and eat less throughout the day.
It’s delicious and full of nutrients!
Avocado is a superfood that has so many great nutritional benefits including 14 different minerals (including boron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium) and fiber (to help get the waste and cholesterol out of our bodies), and 18 essential amino acids (amino acids that we can only get through consumption of food). That monounsaturated fat keeps us feeling full while some major protein helps our muscles stay strong. Not to mention all the phytosterols, polyphenols, carotenoids, omega 3’s, B-complex vitamins, and vitamins C, E, and K!
Avocados have long-term health benefits...
Since avocados are so packed with nutrients, obviously that’s going to play a positive role in our long-term health. When we eat avocado, it’s supplying our brain with the nutrients we need to function optimally, now as well as in the future, and it helps our body receive the nutrition it needs to protect us from heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and degenerative eye and brain diseases. The fiber and nutrients found in avocados help us lower our LDL cholesterol (the bad kind of cholesterol) while increasing our HDL (the good kind of cholesterol). Finally, avocado helps regulate blood sugar levels and decreases inflammation in our bodies!
People who eat avocados tend to be healthier overall!
17,567 people participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in the US, and they found that individuals who eat avocado on a regular basis were much healthier overall than people who didn’t. They had a much higher nutrient intake and were half as likely to develop metabolic syndrome, which is a group of symptoms that are a major risk factor for heart disease and diabetes. The people who ate avocado also weighed less on average, had a lower BMI, and had significantly less belly fat than those who didn’t consume avocado on a regular basis.
They work well with other foods on our plate...
Avocados not only pair very well with a lot of other foods thanks to their creamy and delicious texture, but it has been proven that avocados actually help our bodies absorb carotenoids (the compound found in orange and red vegetables that help protect us against cancer). There are so many ways to incorporate avocados into your meals daily there shouldn’t ever be a problem with it! Put some in your smoothies, blend it with oil and vinegar for a salad dressing, make some fresh guacamole, use it as a spread on toast or sandwich, or even blend it up and use it as baby food - the options are endless. For more information about the health benefits of avocados check out our friends at the Health and Fitness Shop. From arthritis to diabetes, discover how avocados can give your body a boost!