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3 Reasons Why Eating Avocados Help You Lose…

Commonly called the ‘alligator’ pear, the avocado is one of the best fruits for many different processes in the body.  Plus, it can go with almost anything – a great topping on your cheeseburger, the perfect addition to your salad, etc.  It’s even great by itself or alongside other lean proteins.  The biggest advantage comes from the high level of fat contained in this fruit.  However, before reading any further, don’t be scared by the little big word F-A-T.

  1. Healthy Fats

Avocados are roughly 85% fat.  Now I know that’s a lot of fat, but GOOD fat.  This type of fat contains something called phytosterols which have been shown to benefit heart health by lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and also reducing inflammation.  Additionally they contain a fatty acid, oleic acid, which the research tells us improves digestion and gut health.  Try including avocados in one or more of your meals per day!

  1. Absorption

It’s always a great idea to load those salads with as many vegetables as you can fit (as well as the chicken).  However, do we ever wonder if we’re actually absorbing all those nutrients found in those veggies?  This is where the avocado comes in; the fats found in them help with vitamin absorption.  One class of vitamins in particular, carotenoids, are fat soluble vitamins, meaning they need some level of fat present for the body to absorb them.   So go ahead and do yourself a favor by topping your salad off with avocado.  That way you know your maximizing the benefits that come from eating all those other vegetables.

  1. Lose Fat

Many factors play into weight gain, but one big one remains out-of-control blood sugar levels.  This commonly happens from too much added sugar, refined foods and/or processed nutrients.  This increase in blood sugar leads to increases in insulin.  What does this storage hormone do?  It takes the extra sugar from your bloodstream and stores it as fat.  However, studies show that eating an avocado may help to stabilize blood sugar and promote satiety after eating.  Anything we can do to eat less food in general will help towards losing belly fat….good news.

 

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