The Avocado: Nature’s Power Pellet
“Super Foods” have become all the buzz lately, both on the news and in internet articles, so you’ve probably been hearing a lot about Avocados. If you haven’t, then let me lay it out for you real quick. Avocados are basically the nutritional equivalent of clean burning fuels; they contain ample stores of the types of fat that your body requires to function, and they also contain at least 25 essential nutrients.
You can chomp your way to a healthier body by including more Avocados in your diet, and substituting them for other snacks. Over time, eating more Avocados can:
- Lower your Cholesterol
- Reduce your risk of stroke
- Lower your risk of cancer
- Promote weight loss
- Promote healthier skin
- Improve bad breath
Dr Joseph Mercola writes in this article on the Huffington Post that the Avocado can even improve the way your body absorbs nutrients, leading to all kinds of other health benefits.
“But wait…” I hear you say. “Avocados are high in fat, but they’re good for you? That goes against pretty much everything we’ve been told!” Let’s break down the difference. There are a couple different types of fat: the kind that your body actually needs to survive, and then there are the bad kinds, like trans fat and saturated fat (found in many packaged foods), which can negatively impact your cholesterol and inhibit weight loss. The good type of fat is actually necessary for your body to properly lose weight!
Another benefit to the Avocado is that it takes longer for your body to digest, meaning you stay full for a longer period of time, and it helps you fight the craving for those potato chips.
I’ll be writing in much more detail on the difference between good and bad fat later on, but for now know this: if you’re not eating Avocados, it’s time to start. So make like Pac-Man and inhale that fruit!