What many would consider a vegetable is actually a fruit. What am I talking about? Why the avocado of course. More and more health benefits are being attributed to the avocado. Many people have thought of avocados as being a very fattening food and bad for your cholesterol. The reality is quite different. Avocados are indeed relatively high in fat but it's the good fat--namely monounsaturated fat, the kind found in olive and canola oils that does NOT raise blood cholesterol level. In fact, avocados may actually lower blood cholesterol by reducing LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein) particle density within your blood. (LDL's are considered the bad cholesterol because the particles are relatively big compared to the good cholesterol called HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein)).
The combination of healthy monounsaturated fat, plenty of fiber, and phytosterols found in avocados make this fruit a nutritional powerhouse. Avocados are also a good source of potassium, magnesium, folate, vitamin K, and copper as well as the antioxidant vitamins C and E, carotenoids, and polyphenols. Because avocados are so high in fiber (5 to 8 grams per half), they are satiating. This means eating avocados regularly may stem hunger for longer periods of time and therefore help in controlling bodyweight.
Brian Danley, CFT
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I'm a personal trainer who loves to help others fulfill their health and fitness goals. I consider myself a bodybuilder in that I live the lifestyle of eating healthy food, working out regularly, and sculpting my body.