*Even though avocados are high in calories, they help fight obesity because they give you a sense of fullness.
*Avocados are high in monounsaturated fats and research shows that exercise burns this type of fat a lot better than saturated fat.
*Avocados help fight prostate cancer since they are high in the carotenoid luetin, as well as other carotenoids and tocopherols that inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells.
*Avocados are one of the most nutrient-dense foods. They are high in fiber, folate, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin E.
*Avocados are high in magnesium. They provide more magnesium than the 20 most commonly eaten foods, with the banana in second place and the kiwi in third. Magnesium is essential for healthy bones, helps regulate blood pressure and cardiac rhythms, helps prevent migraines and helps prevent diabetes II.
*Avocados are high in potassium. Potassium also helps regulate blood pressure, and helps prevent stroke and heart disease.
*Avocados are a powerful “nutrient booster”, which means that it helps the body absorb the nutrients in foods. It’s important to remember that it’s not just the presence of nutrients in the food that matters, it is also our body’s ability to absorb these nutrients. Research has shown that avocados aid in this process.
So, even though avocados may be high in calories, it’s important that you eat some avocado everyday. It will help your satiety level so you won’t eat so much, it will provide some wonderful nutrients to your body, and best of all, it will help your body absorb the nutrients from other foods. Enjoy an avocado today! Here are some ways of doing so:
-Spread a bit of mashed avocado on your turkey sandwich in place of mayo.
-Dice some avocado on your green leafy salad
-Make a guacamole dip and enjoy it with a few corn chips or with a low-fat cheese quesadilla
-Garnish your tacos with some chopped avocado or freshly made guacamole.
Enjoy eating avocados! They are truly good for you.
Courtesy of Mirdza Hayden ~ Health4U ~ Helping people lead healthier lives