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Avocado: Should You Be Eating It More Often?

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 5/30/17 11:33 AM

Are you bananas for avocados? If not, you might want to reconsider boosting your intake of this often-overlooked nutritional powerhouse. Along with being a very versatile food, avocados offer several outstanding health benefits that will definitely make them worth your while. Below are 6 good reasons why you should be eating avocados much more often.

1. Avocados are packed with nutrients.

In every serving of this humble fruit (yes, believe it or not, avocados are technically a fruit), your body will receive a smorgasbord of important vitamins and minerals including Vitamin C, pantothenic acid, Vitamin K (potassium), folate, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, copper, and 18 of those 20 all-important amino acids. In addition, avocados contain highly beneficial organic compounds such as phytosterols and polyphenols, both of which promote brain and heart health. 

2. Avocados will not make you fat.

Fortunately, nutritional science has advanced out of the "all fat is evil" phase, and it is now widely recognized that there are certain types of fat that are highly beneficial to the human body. Avocados are rich in good (monounsaturated) fats, which do not contribute to weight gain, but instead they help to promote heart health while also making you feel more satiated after a meal. In addition, avocados contain a generous amount of soluble fiber, which will promote digestive health while helping you feel fuller as well. 

3. Avocados can help regulate blood sugar levels.

According to a study published by the Nutrition Journal, participants who ate half of a fresh avocado with their lunch reported a decreased desire to eat within the first three hours after their meal, suggesting that avocados play a part in regulating blood sugar levels. It was also reported that although the avocado did increase the calorie and carbohydrate count of the meal, participants still showed no significant changes in blood sugar levels compared to those who did eat a regular lunch without the avocado. This is good news for those of us who are all too familiar with the post-lunch snack craving experience due to spikes and dips in our blood pressure. 

4. Avocados have anti-inflammatory properties.

Chronic inflammation is thought to play a part in a litany of troublesome ailments including arthritis, heart disease, asthma, eczema, cancer, and many others. Avocados contain a potent super-nutrient known as oleic acid, which according to dozens of studies has significant anti-inflammatory properties. If you're looking to reduce chronic inflammation in your body (and who wouldn't be), try incorporating more avocado into your diet. 

5. Avocados promote eye health.

Avocados are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, both of which are important nutrients that can help prevent macular degeneration (a leading cause of visual impairment). Out of the top 20 fruits that are most beneficial to eye health, avocados actually rank first place, so if you want to keep those peepers in great shape, be sure to boost your avocado intake. 

6. Avocados help you absorb nutrients from food.

You can faithfully take a laundry list of nutritional supplements every day, but if your body is not absorbing those nutrients, you won't get the full benefit out of your efforts. In fact, many of the most important nutrients--including Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin D, and Vitamin E--are what are known as fat-soluble vitamins, which means that they must be combined with some type of fat in order for the body to assimilate them. Fortunately, avocado provides this type of absorption-enabling fat in spades. 

As you can see, beneath the avocado's bumpy green exterior lies a nutrient-rich superfood that not only has an enjoyable creamy texture, but it tastes great as well! If you want to supercharge your diet with one of nature's most beneficial foods, be sure to increase your daily avocado intake. Your body will thank you for it!

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