So, I’ve kind of got this thing for avocados.
I know, it’s probably a bit surprising, especially to people who know me, because avocados were never really my thing. However, as I learned about the health benefits of avocados, I quickly changed my tune.
People who regularly eat avocados typically have a significantly higher intake of nutrients and healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. They also have higher levels of good cholesterol (HDL), and have a 50 percent less chance of developing metabolic syndrome, which includes a group of risk factors such as heart disease, and diabetes. Because of their relatively high ratio of monounsaturated fats, avocados can also help reduce inflammation in the body. In addition, they are packed with carotenoids which help with nutrient absorption, and help to protect us against diseases that may affect our vision.
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Avocados are versatile. Try spreading one on a slice of whole-grain toast for breakfast, layer it on top of salads as a way to keep you fuller throughout the day, or substitute one for cheese or mayo on a sandwich.
Avocados have a high fat content, but they're good fats.
Personally, I like to throw an avocado in a blender with a banana, a scoop of protein powder, and a little bit of coconut milk. The result is a great tasting and antioxidant packed protein pudding.
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