I love taking that first bite of a creamy avocado. Sometimes it’s too late though! I saw this meme on facebook that made me laugh so I shared it on the healthy wild and free facebook page. Here it is:
How true is that? Avocados are perfectly ripe and delicious for a short period of time and then they start rotting quickly. When they’re ripe though, they’re delicious and extremely nutritious. They are one of the most beneficial superfoods on the planet and are loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, healthy fats and fiber. They are delicious eaten solely by themselves but I love them most in guacamole! In fact, a few years ago I had about an avocado each day in guacamole for about 5 months straight. I felt and looked incredibly healthy during that time. My skin actually looked 1-2 years younger in that 5 month period also.
Avocado’s are a nutrient dense low calorie food, pure nutrition. They are a rich source of vitamin a, e, c, k, folate, fiber, iron, potassium, magnesium, beta-carotene, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, thiamin. They are also rich in insoluble fiber as well as monounsaturated fat which benefits heart health.
All together an avocado contains nutrients beneficial for blood health, joint health, digestive health, cardiovascular health, brain health, cellular function, nerve function and more. It’s an incredibly valuable superfood that may be one of the best bargains for your dollar (nutritionally speaking) pound for pound. They are worth having on hand!
One study took just over 17,500 people and compared the avocado eaters to those who did not eat avocado’s and the results were quite shocking.
The Study Found These 6 Key Differences Between Avocado Eaters Vs. Non-Eaters
Eaters Had Higher Nutrient Intake:
Avocado eaters beat non-avocado eaters in nutritional intake across the board. They had 36% more dietary fiber, 23% more vitamin E, 13% more magnesium, 16% more potassium and 48% more vitamin K than non-consumers. How incredible is that?
Eaters Had More Good Fats:
Avocado eaters had 18% more monounsaturated and 12% more polyunsaturated fats which benefit the bodies ability to balance cholesterol levels and maintain a healthy cardiovascular system.
Avocado Eaters Were 7.5 Pounds Lighter & Thinner:
On average the avocado eater was 7.5 pounds thinner than the non-avocado eater. Avocado consumer also had lower BMI (Body Mass Index) values than non-eaters. They also had significantly smaller waist circumference measurements than non-avocado eaters, an average of 4 cm smaller.
Avocado eaters had much higher levels of HDL (also known as good cholesterol) than those who did not eat avocados.
50% Reduction in Metabolic Syndrome Risk:
Metabolic syndrome risk increases as you age, but you can reduce that risk by eating avocados more often. Metabolic syndrome is not a disease but a series of risk factors such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, abdominal fat and unhealthy cholesterol levels.
Healthier Overall Across The Board:
People who ate avocados were healthier than those who did not across the board. Healthy weight, cardiovascular health, blood and cholesterol health. It would be interesting to see a study comparing cognitive health and even measure IQ differences between avocado and non-avocado eaters. I would venture to say that those who ate avocados were also more intelligent as a by-product as well because of the brain healthy fats and nutrients in this super food.
As you can see people who eat avocados are simply healthier than those who do not. This nutrient dense superfood should be included in your diet more! Eat it whole, add it on top of a salad, make guacamole, add it to your next smoothie. There are many ways that you can integrate it and receive all of these life giving benefits.
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