Why You Should Be All About the Avocado

I think we all have a friend who seems far too into their fitness. We have all watched them show up to a barbeque with a massive jug of water and a Tupperware container with a piece of boiled chicken, avocado, and plain rice. I have seen many people crack a joke or shake their heads at their friends insane dieting habits, then turning back to their beer or hot dog. I used to do that too until I learned the benefits of a diet like that. I do not ever foresee myself being a person who portions their food on a scale each night or who brings a meal like that to a party, that is for a serious bodybuilder. However, in regards to the avocado contained in that fitness freak’s meal, that is an item I can begin to wrap my head around.

A big part of America now knows that avocado can be beneficial to their diets. It has been a subject on many talk shows and news stories. There are many benefits to this amazing fruit that can aid us in both dieting and day-to-day life. This “superfood” contains twenty different vitamins, protein, and healthy fats to boot. Granted if you ate nothing but avocados by the pound eventually that healthy fat could potentially harm you, but adding avocado to your day can become a great part of your daily diet.

If you are an athlete, not only does the protein aid muscles growth, it also contains more potassium than bananas do. Most of the time we see athletes eating bananas if they have cramps, but if they ate a few more avocados they would not have to worry about that situation as frequently.

The fats in avocado go a long way towards a healthy heart. Heart disease is still the number one cause of death in the world, and avocado fights off bad cholesterol in the blood. They contain oleic acid that is also in olive oil, but avocado is loaded with it. The amount of fiber in avocados also will aid digestion, help with weight loss, and reduce the amount of sugar in the body. Part of the problem with taking vitamin pills each day is that our body cannot utilize quickly enough before they pass through our digestive system. Avocado can actually aid the body in absorbing more helpful vitamins through by being “soluble fat”. This means that when we eat other vegetables or take vitamins, which are not recommended as a replacement for good food, avocado will help retain those nutrients, and carry them to where they will do the most good.

My favorite part about avocado is that those of you that are picky eaters should not have a problem consuming it. With such a mild flavor to it, avocado can be added to any salad, sandwich, pasta dish, and many other dishes without ruining the flavors we are used to. It is amazing that a food like this can impact our lives so greatly without any hard work or preparation on our part. Making avocados a part of your daily routine is inexpensive and easy. Start getting the most out of the vegetables you eat today, and let avocados help tomorrow be healthier and happier. 

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