It’s no secret that the world has gone crazy for avocados. Whether smashed on toast, stuffed into a burger or whizzed as part of a green smoothie, they are everywhere – but this is more than just another food fad. That’s all in spite of the reputation the humble avocado has traditionally had for making us fat. It’s time you added this nutritional superfood to your diet; in fact, experts recommend we eat avocados several times each week. Here’s why.
Yes, avocados are fatty – but not in the way you’ve been led to believe. Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat, just like olive oil. This good fat can help you on the route to a healthy heart. What’s more, rather than making you pile on the pounds, avocados could actually help you lose weight. That’s because they’re believed to make you feel fuller for longer, curbing hunger and stopping you from craving snacks.
Beneath that bumpy, dark-green exterior, the avocado is literally teeming with nutrients. Countless minerals are just waiting to give your body the health boost it needs, including magnesium, iron, calcium and zinc – and plenty more besides. Add to that a dose of all 18 essential amino acids, plus the fact that just a cup of avocado contains 20% of your daily vitamin C intake – plus 35% of your vitamin K and similar amounts of vitamins B and E, and omega-3 fatty acids too – and you’ve got yourself a true dietary superstar.
Apart from helping you avoid binge eating by increasing feelings of satiety, avocados are believed to help manage cholesterol levels in the body – both reducing bad cholesterol and boosting levels of the good kind. They can also help regulate blood sugar levels and fight inflammation. In addition, as well as supplying the brain and other vital organs with the nutrients needed for ongoing healthy development, avocados can also help the body make the most of nutritional compounds in other fruits and vegetables that can help keep cancer at bay.
Avocados feel indulgent enough that it’s easy to incorporate them into your diet as a kind of treat, and reward yourself with them on a regular basis – while knowing you’re doing your body a favor at the same time. Spread mashed ripe avocado on freshly toasted wholegrain bread, and top with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of salt and pepper; throw greedy chunks of avocado into burgers in place of onion rings; enjoy extra guacamole the next time you tuck into tacos; add avocado to an easy homemade hummus; or blend it up with kale, blueberries and chia seeds for a green smoothie with a difference – whatever your taste, it’s simple to reap the health benefits of avocado while enjoying your favorite flavors.
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