They contain extremely high levels of fat content, are they really good for you? Do they really contribute to weight loss and energy like so many people claim?
The avocado is a fruit (technically, a berry) which originated in Mexico, although it has also been found in South America, Central America, and parts of California. In health food and nutrition circles, the avocado is referred to as “God’s butter,” and often considered the healthiest food on the planet. These health benefits include:
- Lowers Cholesterol
- Lowers Blood Pressure
- Improves Brain Function
- Improves Circulation
- Supports Immune Health
- Sustains Energy
- Promotes Weight Loss
How can something with such a high-fat content help you lose fat?
If you are familiar with diet plans such as Atkins or the Protein Power Plan, you already likely understand the basis of this “fight fat with fat” concept. Your body uses the food you feed it as fuel first. Garbage in – garbage out. If you live on chips, cookies, bread, and pasta, then your body undoubtedly uses carbohydrates as its primary fuel source. However, this is very poor quality fuel and burns very quickly and leaves toxic residue in your blood and the extra calories are converted (and stored as) to fat.
The high-fat content of an avocado provides a high-quality, long-lasting fuel that gives you hours of healthy energy. In the process, as you continue to eat avocados, your body becomes “trained” to use fat as fuel, so it will literally start burning through your stored body fat and you won’t just become leaner, you will actually feel incredible throughout the process!
Health Benefits of Avocados
Avocados contain approximately 22% fatty acids. They also contain protein, have no sodium and contain zero cholesterol. Avocados are not only satisfying and delicious but also contain more than 25 necessary vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. They are a great alternative to sandwich spreads and salad dressings, a great alternative to foods that are traditionally full of harmful cholesterol and saturated fat.
Avocados are a rich source of folate, a nutritional substance that is beneficial in lowering the levels of homocysteine found in your bloodstream. This could be helpful in the prevention of a variety of illnesses, including Alzheimer’s Disease, stroke and heart attack.
The Vitamin E found in avocado protects against diseases related to the heart, and also protects against several kinds of cancer. It is also known to slow down the process of getting older.
Avocado also contains glutathione, a substance that protects against disease, a potent antioxidant that is helpful in getting rid of damage done to cells by free radicals.
Avocado contains lutein, a substance that protects your eyes from diseases related to the eyes, such as macular degeneration, cataracts, etc. and also protects the body from prostate cancer.
Avocados contain more than twice the amount of potassium that is found in a banana. Potassium is helpful in the maintenance of fluid balance and in lowering cholesterol levels.
Avocados contain monounsaturated fat, which is helpful in lowering bad cholesterol levels (LDL), and is also helpful in raising good cholesterol levels (HDL). Avocado is rich in monounsaturated fat, which can be burned easily for more energy!
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