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Why You Should Eat More Avocado

By Sara Butler

Avocados taste good and they're also good for your health. You may not want to spend your entire weekend munching on some guacamole, but there are plenty of good reasons to add some avocado to your diet. Here's what you need to know about avocados and a few reasons you should spend a little more time enjoying them for your health.

All About Avocados

Avocados have a reputation for being high in fat. While true, the fat contained in avocados is a healthy type of fat.

One medium avocado will provide about 220 calories, along with 12 grams of carbohydrates, 21 grams of fat, 3 grams of protein, and 9 grams of fiber. Before you go munch down on a whole avocado, though, it's important to mention that one serving amounts to about one-third of an avocado. So, while it's OK every once in a while to munch on the whole thing, it's probably better for your overall health if you can limit the servings to just one, which will limit you to 75 calories, 4 grams of carbohydrates, 7 grams of fat, 1 gram of protein, and 3 grams of fat.

Avocados Are Great for Your Heart

If you've been craving a big, juicy cheeseburger but then remember that your heart and arteries probably wouldn't like it too much, have a burger but top it with avocado instead of cheese. Research has found that avocados can help to reduce inflammation in the vessels of people when enjoyed with red meat. Avocados also naturally block your gut from absorbing dietary cholesterol to help keep the bad LDL cholesterol from being absorbed. It doesn't mean if you simply pair avocado with everything that's bad for the cardiovascular system that you'll be golden, but it does mean that sometimes it can help you temper your cravings!

They Boost Nutrition

If you can pair healthy unsaturated fats with leafy greens, then you can unlock some powerful nutrients in leafy greens. That's because some nutrients found in leafy greens are best absorbed with a little fat. So, instead of topping your salad with unhealthy salad dressing, try topping it with a little avocado instead.

Avocados are a great food that can help bolster your good health and wellness. So, feel free to enjoy them without guilt. They may be full of fat but if enjoyed in moderation, as with most other things, they can be a boon to your health.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in South Jordan, Utah.

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