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Why You Should Be Eating Avocados

By Edited Nov 22, 2015 0 1

Halved Avocado

Avocados have a bad reputation for being high in fat. However, they are actually one of the healthiest foods available. Packed full of vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber, avocados give your body the nutrition it needs to thrive.

Eat fat; stay slim

Although avocados are high in fat, people who eat them regularly are actually less likely to be obese than those who avoid them. This is because the fats in avocados are not the harmful saturated fats that bulk out your waistline and clog up your arteries; rather they are healthy monounsaturated fats similar to those found in olive oil. Monounsaturated fats lower the risk of heart disease by increasing the ratio of 'good' HDL cholesterol to 'bad' LDL cholesterol.

Vital vitamins

There are many essential vitamins contained in avocados. These include vitamin K, which works with calcium and magnesium to keep your bones strong and healthy, as well as vitamin C to give your immune system a boost.

Beautiful skin

Avocados are one of the best sources of vitamin E, a fat-soluble vitamin that hydrates your skin to keep it looking radiant. One small avocado has nearly a third of your recommended daily dietary intake of vitamin E, but you can also get the benefits more directly by making an avocado facemask. This will deeply moisturize your skin, repairing any dry or damaged areas.

Protein for everyone

Avocados are rich in healthy plant proteins, which can be enjoyed by vegetarians and vegans as well as meat-eaters. When making a salad or a sandwich, why not swap the meat for a few slices of avocado? The texture and rich flavor of this fruit mean that it is a brilliant meat substitute that even meat-lovers will find delicious.

Fiber for a happy tummy

With the average American adult consuming less than half of the recommended amount of fiber, according to the National Fiber Council, fibrous foods such as fruit and vegetables are desperately needed in our diet. In the long-term, not eating enough fiber will put you at risk of cancer, but even in the short-term your gut could be suffering if it is not getting enough. Conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are often made much worse if you don't eat enough of the right sort of fiber. The soluble fiber in avocados keeps your digestive system moving slowly and steadily, alleviating the symptoms of IBS.

How to Eat Avocados

 Avocados are great in sandwiches, salads, and of course they can be enjoyed as guacamole. However, there are many more things you can do with them. Absolutely Avocado has over 50 recipes such as avocado and almond soup, tangy guacamole, and even avocado ice-cream.

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Comments

Mar 27, 2012 7:09pm
Introspective
You give me plenty of good reasons to continue enjoying avocados - I love them!
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