Here are 5 Reasons Why You Should Eat an Avocado Every Day
It seems to be a trend of recent times to see avocados blended into this, substituted for that, and whatnot. They’re the super-healthy, trendy, Instagram-worthy ingredient of late. But it might surprise you to hear that there might be a quite a bit of truth in that. So, it might be time to stop rolling your eyes at those “hipster folk” and take a leaf out of their book. Avocados are actually really good for you. So good, in fact, that you should probably make it a habit to eat one every day!
An avocado a day… keeps the doctor away? Read the reasons below and decide for yourself!
1. You may reduce your risk of heart disease.
The number one reason for death in the United States is heart disease, and it affects almost 27 million adults every day. That’s why we need to protect ourselves and take precautions, including being more careful about the food we fuel our bodies with.
Avocados are one thing that will actually help you do that. Excessive unhealthy saturated fat consumption will increase your LDL and HDL levels. On the other hand, a good dosage of healthy unsaturated fats in your diet help lower LDL cholesterol (the bad kind), and keep your HDL cholesterol balanced (the good kind) while also keeping your insulin in check. That is why avocados are the perfect thing to eat; they contain a low amount of saturated fat and high amounts of unsaturated fats. They also contain other essential nutrients that help keep your heart healthy.
2. You may have an easier time maintaining your weight
Eating avocados can actually help you lose weight and keep your BMI under control. First of all, avocados contain many nutrients that the body needs, like a high fiber content, so you do not need to eat more to gain more energy.
Second of all, researchers have found that eating avocados makes you feel full! It fills you up with all the nutrients you need to function, therefore making you feel full sooner and keeping you from over-indulging. Basically, what this means is, eat an avocado a day, and skip gorging on those chips just because you feel like it!
3. You might reduce your risk of cancer
There are numerous components of an avocado, like phytochemicals, xanthophyll, and phenols that may help prevent cancer, according to researchers. Preliminary studies have shown positive results when a specific type of fav derived from avocados wielded anti-cancer properties on acute myeloid leukemia cells. Furthermore, a protein compound called glutathione and xanthophyll, both of which are found plentiful in avocados, have been found to cause a downfall in the rates of oral cancer. Other studies have found a correlation between consumption of avocados and prevention of breast and prostate cancers. Obviously, there is a further need for more conclusive research, but it all points to a positive result.
4. You will protect your skin and eyes well into old age
Look and feel younger by adding avocado to your diet regularly! Carotenoids present in avocados present a multitude of health benefits to us. Compounds such as lutein and zeaxanthin have been found to slow down age-related vision impairment, so avocados will help your eyesight will remain perfectly clear. They also act as buffers that help prevent against oxidative UV damage, which means your skin will remain smooth, blemish-free and heathy well into old age! It has also been found that our bodies find it easier to absorb the carotenoids present in avocados much more than from other fruits and vegetables.
5. They are super delicious
Not only are avocados incredibly good for your health, they are also delicious. So, it’s not exactly a sacrifice to have to eat it every day. Avocado is also a very versatile ingredient, meaning that it lends well to being added to many dishes including smoothies, salads, and more. Here are a couple recipes that you can make using avocados to add some variety into your diet.
Recipes to try:
½ ripe avocado
1 ripe banana
½ cup low-fat yogurt
½ cup orange juice
OPTIONAL: handful of ice
Combine ingredients into blender and mix.
Bacon Peach Guacamole
1 ripe peach
2 ripe avocados
¼ red onion, minced
2 strips bacon, crisped
Salt and pepper to taste
Cut peaches into small dice and place in bowl. Mash avocados and combine with peaches. Crisp bacon in skillet, dice and add to bowl. Mince onion and add to guacamole. Enjoy with whole-grain tortilla chips.
Aside from the multitude of health benefits, avocados have the extra bonus of being a tasty, creamy food that can be incorporated into shakes, desserts, dips, and toppings. So don’t be afraid to add avocado!