Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Avocados: can it improve your good cholesterol?

Here is another post that will share Mike Geary's view on super-foods such as avocados. Did you know that avocados can improve your good cholesterol? You may think of them as a high fat "fruit" but I recommend to revisit this "fatty food" and introduce it to your current diet. You will find below the original article snippet from Mike's newsletter.

"Fatty flat-belly food: Avocados -- Even though avocados are typically thought of as a "fatty food", they are chock full of healthy fats!  Not only is this fruit (yes, surprisingly, avocados are actually a fruit) super-high in monounsaturated fat, but also chock full of vitamins, minerals, micro-nutrients, and antioxidants

Avocados have even been shown in studies to improve your good HDL cholesterol levels.  Not only that, but including avocados on a salad increases your absorption of certain vitamins and antioxidants in the other veggies in the salad by as much as 5x or more... this is due to the healthy fats in the avocado that are necessary for the proper digestion and absorption of some vitamins and antioxidants in veggies.  So don't have a "fat-free" salad... include healthy fats like avocado and olive oil with your salad and you'll absorb MUCH more nutrients from the veggies.

Also, in my opinion, guacamole (mashed avocados with garlic, onion, tomato, pepper, etc) is one of the most delicious food toppings ever created, and you can be happy to know that it's also one of the healthiest toppings you can use on your foods.  Try sliced avocados or guacamole on burgers, eggs or omelets, on salads or with fish, or as a delicious side to just about any meal.

The quality dose of healthy fats, fiber, and micro-nutrients that you get from avocados helps your body to maintain proper levels of hormones that help with fat loss and muscle building.  Also, since avocados are an extremely satiating food, eating them helps to reduce your appetite in the hours after your meal.  Say goodbye to junk food cravings and bring on that fat burning!  I personally eat anywhere from a half to a full avocado DAILY and it only helps to keep me lean."

Mike Geary
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer


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