Avocado

Back in the 90s, fat was a fear food; everything was low-fat this and fat-free that, but little did we know, fat doesn’t make you fat! I know, confusing, but stick with me here. Every macro nutrient has its purpose and an excess of ANYTHING that isn’t being burned will be stored as fat. A study conducted by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2001-2008 determined that avocados are associated with “better diet quality and nutrition intake, and lower metabolic syndrome risk in US adults (NHANES 2001-2008)". This is because fat leads to feeling more satiety and will help to keep you full for hours (1).

Avocados are actually a fruit and have very little sugar and carbohydrates, but are loaded with healthy fats that are known as MUFA—monounsaturated fatty acids. The most prominent MUFA is oleic acid, which has been shown to reduce inflammation and “may have beneficial effects on cancer (1)."

Avocados don’t just have healthy fats, but are chock-full of vitamins and minerals. These include, folate, vitamin K1, Potassium, copper, vitamin E, vitamin B6, and vitamin C.  All of these vitamins and minerals contributes to better heart health, better energy, and better immunity (1).

Bottom line: eat the avocados and don’t fear fat. Try it on toast or use it as a bowl! They’re delicious, keep you full, and offer unbelievable benefits to live a happier, healthier life.

 

Information sourced from MedicalNewsToday.com and BioMedCentral.com

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