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Are Avocados Healthy?

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It might be about time to update, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

According to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people that eat avocados daily are healthier than those that don’t.

While this is a survey (so we can’t assume that a daily dose of avocado is a cure-all because of study limitations), the results are still pretty interesting. The avocado eaters were about 50 percent less likely to suffer from metabolic syndrome, which is the stomach punch of bad diseases. If you have metabolic syndrome, you’re more likely to suffer from type-2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. So anything that keeps you farther from those dangers is always a good thing. (At least in my book it is.)

The avocado lovers also had smaller waists and better cholesterol levels. Not surprisingly, those who ate avocado also had more fiber, fat, vitamins, and minerals in their diets. But that’s like saying people who work out are more likely to have gym memberships.

Studies like this oftentimes make you excited about certain foods, but ultimately we shouldn’t make overarching statements because any direct relationship between the food (avocado) and the result (better health) wasn’t investigated. Instead, we can learn is that people who eat avocados also happen to be healthier, but don’t guarantee you will be healthier. Which is to say, eating avocado is a good habit. And in a world where health is built on habits that are both good and sustainable, eating avocado is a behavior you should add and use as a gateway to other healthier habits. (Have you ever tried a salad with avocado? I don’t have a study to prove it, but I’m pretty sure avocado improves taste and satisfaction by 200 percent.)

What’s more, this isn’t the first time avocados have been linked to better health.  Avocados are packed with heart-healthy fats that are good for everything from lowering your cholesterol to controlling blood sugar by improving your insulin levels. And studies have shown that the compounds in avocados—namely lutein, beta-carotene, and vitamin D—can help fight the growth of cancer cells. They allow for better absorption of phytochemicals of other foods. So when you pair avocados with other foods (not named fried chicken), the avocados might allow you to receive even more nutritional benefits (think the vitamins and minerals) from your healthy choices.

The Born Reality: Avocados are healthy and part of a good diet. Enjoy, but keep an eye out for how much you eat each day. They are high in calories, so eating too many can restrict the benefits, especially if weight loss is your goal.

Looking for More Diet and Nutrition Advice?

Pick up a copy of my newest book, Man 2.0: Engineering The Alpha, which includes diet and fitness plans. (And of course, avocado is involved.) Or, if you want to work with me personally, apply for my coaching program so I can help you reach your goals.

About Adam Bornstein

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  • Morgan

    What is a good daily serving of avocado? I just started adding this yummy food to some of my meals.

    • http://www.evanpavan.blogspot.com/ Evan Pavan

      It depends what your daily diet consists of. Avocados are about 300 calories per one so one a day is enough. The calories from them are mostly polyunsaturated fats, little bit of protein and a decent amount of fiber so I’d rather swap in more avocados for breads, rices or grains any day of the week.

  • http://www.jeetchowhan.com/ Jeet Chowhan

    An
    avocado has anti-inflammatory properties and a whole range of other
    properties that are beneficial to health.This source of monosaturated fat or
    raw fat has high levels of potassium. It aids in balancing potassium and
    sodium levels required by the body. Eradicating carbohydrates is the best way
    to sustain health and maintain weight.

  • P3 Performance

    Beautiful. Avocados are truly nature’s gift to the athlete.