It’s time to stop living by “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” — and swap that fruit for a much more versatile one. We’re advocating for avocados: the healthy fat phenomenon that’s swept the food scene with its softening, malleable shell and its creamy, soft interior (and a pit that’s actually healthier than the rest of the fruit).
Whether you’re spreading it on sourdough, whipping up a mean dip for chips, or just munching on one raw, eating an avocado is a great idea. They’re loaded with nutrition and health benefits that make us all too grateful they’re so delicious.
Many people enjoy slicing them in half and eating a portion with a meal. To make them tastier, you can always sprinkle them with salt, pepper, and other spices. Trader Joe’s makes an Everything Bagel Seasoning (along with so many other innovative products) that just so happens to pair phenomenally with the fruit.
No matter how you do it, try to get those avocados in somehow. The list of health benefits you reap as a result just keeps getting longer.
Diets that include the sort of fats and other nutrients in avocados have been proven much healthier than others — and maintaining a full, healthy diet is what results in eventual weight stabilization. Your body has a healthy, most comfortable weight. And eating healthy fats alongside other nutrients helps your body to get there.
Metabolic syndrome is the newest “silent killer” doctors are warning about — and it involves a crazed, fluctuating metabolism. Eating an avocado every day could help to stabilize your metabolism, some studies say. The healthy fats involved help to prevent your metabolism from taking an unwelcome nosedive after a meal.
There is no limit to the number of ways you can cook with avocado. The opportunities far surpass guacamole (though there are dozens of guacamole recipes out there to keep you occupied). You can make desserts with avocado, avocado-laden brunch, or even crunchy kale and avocado salads. If you’re not about all that effort and would rather keep it simple, just make some avocado toast or eat one of the fruits raw as a snack.
Avocados are loaded with good stuff with complicated names, including the prestigious-sounding nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin. Both of these compounds play a role in preventing macular degeneration, or wearing away of the retina. To keep your eyesight in top shape, go ahead and gorge on these fatty fruits — or one of these other eye-shielding foods.
The best way to prevent fatigue, the mid-day slump, and snack-craving hunger? Eat a balanced meal that provides lasting, slow-digesting energy. That’s where avocados can really do the trick. The healthy fats in avocados taste so satisfying because they are — an appealing reason to consider packing one with lunch.
Diabetes prevention happens when you regulate your blood sugar using healthy foods. Avocados are insanely effective at doing this. One study analyzed the difference in the blood glucose levels of the studied population before and after lunch. One group was given half an avocado with their meal and another was given the same meal without avocado. The group that ate the creamy, green fruit experienced dramatically less blood sugar fluctuation after eating. After hearing that, we’re tempted to pack halves with our lunches every day.
Fatty acids in avocados lower bad cholesterol and bump up the good cholesterol in your system. The good cholesterol continues to lower the bad kind — so basically, healthy fats are the best way to maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
Potassium, one of the reasons avocados are so nutritious, is necessary to keep your blood pressure low and steady. High blood pressure can be dangerous for your heart, making it work harder to pump blood and beating regularly. For this reason, high blood pressure can seriously increase your risk of heart disease or another cardiac problem. Potassium helps prevent that — thank you, guacamole!
Have you ever tried adding an avocado to your smoothie? If you haven’t, you’re seriously missing out on one of the many ways to make your smoothie taste like dessert. Other avocado-based confections are out there, too — avocado mousse, cakes, and frostings. The creamy avocado adds a silky, rich texture to the dish.
If you eat a nutritious food but don’t absorb any of the nutrients, is it still nutritious? In short, no. If you can’t absorb the good stuff from the food, it’s all going to s--- (literally) when it passes right through your system.
Many nutrients are “fat-soluble”, meaning they need to be eaten alongside some fat in order to get absorbed during digestion. Avocados provide that fat, alongside the fat-soluble vitamins themselves. So eating an avocado not only gives you tons of nutrients, but it makes whatever else you’re eating healthier, too. Doesn’t get much better than that.
You know that saying “You’re just one workout away from a good mood”? Yeah, we’re nixing that and replacing “workout” with “avocado.” You’re welcome.
In addition to healthy fats and loads of micronutrients, avocados also have a whole lot of fiber. Your digestion relies on fiber to keep things moving. A whole avocado has over half of your recommended daily value of fiber. So by feeding it the dense fruit, you’re really helping your body out to keep things regular.
Seriously, guys. You need healthy fats. As if you haven’t been convinced already, here are some things that could happen if you don’t get enough of the nutrient:
Need I go on? Get your healthy fats however you please, but avocados sound like a great way to guarantee you’re getting enough.
Apparently, 1 in 4 men thinks the secret to better hair is smearing some avocado on toast. While it’s likely not the elixir balding men are looking for, avocados are really good for your hair. The vitamin C and folic acid support hair health to keep it shining and growing as you age.
Vitamin E is infused into many skincare products to counteract wrinkles and keep skin looking fresh. Avocados actually contain loads of the vitamin — so buy one of those fresh instead of spending crazy amounts of your paycheck on skincare. With the new Whole Foods prices, avocados are surprisingly affordable nowadays.
Your brain uses a staggering 50 percent of the fats in our bodies — it’s incredible how much brain fuel it takes just to think! Avocados are fantastic brain fuel, which is why you should probably consider eating one before your next big exam. Or, you know, any time you want your brain to be working well. If you’re somehow getting tired of avocados, though, you could always resort to one of these sources of healthy fats instead.