Avocado has mostly been known for it’s association with guacamole, but not much else . This little wonder has such a positive and distinct impact on our diets by contributing good fat.
Dietary fat is not something to avoid. It is crucial for normal growth and development. It is a source of energy, protects our organs, maintains cell membranes, and helps the body absorb and process nutrients. The oddest fact? It helps the body burn fat.
Before going any further, not all fats are so beneficial. As we know, certain fats can lead to obesity and poor health, so we must choose our foods with thought. Though a diet of fat-laden fast food (pizza, burgers) has been known for its negative impact on health, it has been recently discovered that it is the overall nutritional content of these foods—not their saturated fat— that is to blame. Research found that saturated fatty acids, a type of fat that’s “saturated” with hydrogen and typically solid at room temperature, raised LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. But, further investigation has found that they raise HDL (good) cholesterol just as much, if not more, protecting the body from unhealthy cholesterol levels and heart disease.
Most of the fat that you eat should be either monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. Foods such as oily fish (mackerel, salmon), avocados, nut (amongst others) provide the following:
- Good source of nutrients.
- Removes LDL cholesterol from arteries and promotes a healthier heart.
- Helps to burn fat without cutting calories.
Not long ago, the low-fat/no-fat diet craze swept across the food landscape. Manufacturers marketed low-fat and no-fat everything, and consumers reacted by purchasing heavily. This has proven to be the wrong approach. Not only does it deny our bodies of essential nutrients, it also leads to increased obesity rates. Why? It turns out that fat contributes taste to delicious meals. When food manufacturers cut out the fat, they were left with products that were bland and unpalatable, so they packed the foods with refined sugar and salt.
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