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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Wise people eat an avocado every day

The truth is that avocados are such a healthy fruit that they are categorized as superfoods. We’ve all heard the ‘eat an apple a day’ advice and now we are extending that logic to include avocados as well. You might not know all of the reasons why eating an avocado every day is good for you but we will let you know. Listed below are vital reasons you need to be eating an avocado every single day!

You will reduce your risk of heart disease.

If you asked someone on the street what the leading cause of death in the United States was we doubt that they would pick heart disease on the first try. Most people assume cancer or car accidents to be the big killers but they are second rate next to heart disease. So what does that have to do with avocados? Well, eating an avocado every day can help severely reduce your risk of eventual heart disease. Heart disease has struck nearly 27 million adults and it is your job to do prevent that number from climbing. Avocados are filled with a healthy blend of nutrients as well as the best sort of consumable fat possible. Both of these facts put together, including the surplus of antioxidants in the fruit, lead to containing your heart disease. You’ll see increased blood flow, decreased inflammation, and a reduction in oxidative stress.

You can steadily lose weight.

While many gardeners are focused on growing outdoor tomatoes in their garden, it may behoove them to switch their focus to avocados. Did you know that avocados can help you manage your weight? It may seem a little bit out there to think that an avocado, which is filled with healthy fat, may help in weight management but it is absolutely the truth. Scientists have found through their studies, particularly the Nutrition Journal, that folks who ate half of an avocado with their lunch ended up feeling ‘fuller’ and more satisfied for a longer period of time. This meant that the same people were waiting longer to reach for their next meal, thus preventing overeating and managing their weight. Many businesses out there exist to try and sell you gimmick diet programs. Ignore them and reach for the avocado instead.

You will help yourself reduce cancer risk.

Cancer is the ‘big bad’ of all words that you can hear after a trip to the doctor. Nobody wants to get cancer yet very few people actually make proactive choices to help reduce their eventual risk of developing the disease. Avocados can be an important tool in staving off cancer later on in your life. Avocados are filled with phytochemicals, like xanthophylls and phenols, that help fight against cancer cells. There have been numerous studies done that showcase avocados as a legitimate way to offset certain types of cancer. As more and more research is done on avocados and their relation to cancer risk we expect to see the fruit find its way into more and more households. If you cant fix your diet to fight cancer what can you fix it for?

Avocados help reduce bodily inflammation.

Inflammation in the body is so much more than just a tired, achy and painful feeling. Studies show that chronic inflammation in your body can bring on such serious diseases as asthma, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, cancer and more — so many more. Avocados are packed to the brim with oleic acid and that has been shown to be a blockbuster fighter against chronic inflammation. Oleic acid can also be found in olive oil and it is universally recognized as a healthy addition to your diet. If you have a family history of any of the aforementioned diseases then you might do well to be proactive in how you choose to fight them off and an easy way to do that is by eating more avocados.

Your skin will be healthier for longer.

Avocados have something called carotenoids inside of them and your body really, really likes them. Zeaxanthin and lutein, two other compounds in avocado, work toward keeping your skin safe against potential UV damage from the sun. You’ll also be glad to hear that those two compounds help to keep your skin smoother as well. Many different food sources have these compounds in them but those sources all vary in their bioavailability to your body.

Avocados help to keep your eyes healthy.

Can you imagine life without great ideas? Perhaps you already wear glasses and know the struggle of weak eyes. In either case you will want to keep avocados in your kitchen due to the positive ways that they can impact your vision. Lutein and zeaxanthin, which we mentioned above, are two nutrients that go a long way toward fighting degeneration in your eyes — the leading cause of eventual blindness in the United States.

Keep your cholesterol in check.

If you already have high cholesterol or have a family history of bad cholesterol then you might be reaching for these green treats sooner than later. About 1/3rd of all American adults have issues with their cholesterol and this leads directly to an increase in heart disease. Regular consumption of avocados leads to a reduction in your total cholesterol level.

Avocados keep your bones strong.

There are a ton of ways that you can keep your body strong into old age and one of them is by paying attention to your bones. Avocados, like many other foods, do a lot of work toward keeping your bones healthy and strong. Avocados are filled with folate, Vitamin K and copper and all of these nutrients are essential for the general health of the bones that keep you upright and healthy.

Avocados will improve your mood.

Smiling is pretty awesome and avocados will help you find them more often than not. Avocados have a heaping load of potassium and folate and both nutrients have been associated with fighting depression. Scientific studies show that people with depression typically have lower levels of potassium and folate.

Your body absorbs nutrients better with avocados.

It may surprise you to hear that no matter how nutritious a food is, you might not be imbibing all of the benefits. Your body can only take what is bioavailable. Avocados have healthy fat in them and that works perfectly with certain nutrients that are fat soluble. Fat soluble vitamins need to have fat with them to be properly absorbed.

And the final reason to include avocados in your diet is that they are delicious. They make marvelous sauces, dips and smoothies. I am eating an avocado right now.

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