It is a great idea for your health and overall well-being to try to incorporate avocado into your diet every day. Doing so will help to lower levels of heart clogging LDL cholesterol in your bloodstream. It will also supply your body with numerous vitamins and nutrients that will make you feel and look better. Sound too good to be true? Just stick with me for a minute.
Many people have trepidation towards this suggestion because they fear that eating avocado every day will cause them to gain weight or become bloated. I will concede that avocado is high in calories, so portion size should be carefully considered. But if eaten in reasonable portion sizes that are commensurate with your caloric goals, the health benefits of avocado simply cannot be ignored.
Lower your cholesterol levels
There are two main reasons why I am advocating daily avocado consumption. The first is that it is chock-full of heart healthy monounsaturated fat. Don’t freak out at the high fat content of avocado. Fat is essential to a healthy diet. The key is eating the right kinds of fat, namely, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated.
Unsaturated fat lowers harmful LDL cholesterol by scouring the bloodstream and binding with it. This helps the liver to process and eliminate this cholesterol from the body. Some studies show that the good kind of cholesterol, HDL, is also increased by diets high in unsaturated fat.
Try to replace saturated fat in your diet with unsaturated. This is most easily done by replacing meats and dairy products with avocado and other vegetable oils. Olive oil works just as well as avocado for this purpose but it doesn’t have the same spectrum of vitamins, however.
Because of its fat content, you will find that avocado is very filling. An increase of vegetable oil in the diet usually results in a decreased appetite for meats and other forms of saturated fat. This is a good thing for your health.
Avocado is packed with vitamins and nutrients
Another reason you want to eat avocado every day is because it is almost the perfect fruit, nutritionally speaking. It contains a broad array of vitamins and minerals including vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, and more. The fruit also contains super healthy phytonutrients and antioxidants that are helpful in warding off cell mutation and cancer.
Are you convinced yet?
Not only does avocado have these health benefits, but it also is incredibly tasty as well. I realize this is a personal preference, but for me, avocado just tastes wonderful. And the flavor is so mild that it can be coupled with a great many dishes, or of course, eaten whole if preferred.
So do your best to eat avocado and other healthy vegetable oils every day. I like to eat mine first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. This helps to increase the absorption rate and gives a kick-start to the liver. My tip: Use an avocado saver to store half-cut avocados and keep them fresher and greener.
Image: Lentil veggie soup with avocado by Jennifer
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