3 of the Top Reasons to Start Going Wild for Avocados

avocadoI have always been an advocate for avocados. I literally remember the first time I tried one. I couldn’t have been older than three, and my mom asked me if I finally wanted to try one (apparently I had previously sworn off the green fruit). I ate the slice and my life was forever changed.

To this day I have at least a half an avocado a day, usually smashed on my seed bread in the morning. I used to eat them purely because I love the taste, but as I got older I started hearing about all the amazing health benefits that the single-seeded berry has to offer. Below are three of my favorite avo facts that will for sure make you a green berry fan today.

They Help Your Heart

The Journal of the American Heart Association published a study that found that people who ate an avocado every day for five weeks, had their LDL cholesterol lowered to the point of significantly reducing their chances of getting heart disease. This striking result is linked to the monounsaturated fat in the avocado. Not only does this fat lower LDL, but it helps with insulin resistance and weight loss.

Your Belly Will Thank You

The monounsaturated fat in avocados are great for reducing belly fat, which in turn reduces the risk of getting metabolic syndrome. One study found that using avocado oil in your daily diet for only four weeks decreased stomach fat 1.6 percent more than people who used oils high in polyunsaturated fats. Other research suggested that monounsaturated fat prevented fat from accumulated in the belly area, and instead distributed more evenly throughout the body. Using avocado oil in salad dressings, sautés and other dishes are great, easy ways to incorporate the fat into your diet.

It Helps Out The Other Veggies

It turns out that you need fat in your diet in order to lose weight. I know, too many people that may seem counter-productive, but healthy fats actually help he body drop weight, and avocados are the best kind of fat to get the job done. Research found that eating low calorie vegetables that are high in nutritional value mixed with foods that are high in monounsaturated fats (avocados) helped the body absorb carotenoids, a compound that helps with fat loss. Avocado also helps the body intake three to five more carotenoids than if you were to eat veggies without the fat. Adding avocado oil, a spoonful of guacamole or just slices of fresh avo to your salads are all beneficial and tasty ways to get your diet going.

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