• Avocado's Benefits

      By Molly Morgan, RD Men's Fitness

      Avocados are delicious—nobody needs to twist your arm to get you to eat the healthy-fat-filled fruit. But if the green orbs only make their way into your grocery basket on special occasions, like when you're mixing up a bowl of game-day guac, think about adding them to your everyday diet.

      Why are we so amped up about avocados? New research from the CDC suggests that avocado eaters are healthier than those who skip the fruit. Specifically, they:

      More closely adhere to dietary guidelines
      Have significantly higher intakes of certain nutrients, including 48% more vitamin K, 36% more fiber, 23% more vitamin E, 16% more potassium and 13% more magnesium
      Have higher intakes of healthy (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) fats
      Have higher “good” (HDL) cholesterol
      Weigh about 7.4 pounds less and have lower BMIs
      Have smaller waist circumferences by 4 centimeters
      Have 50% lower odds of developing metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke

      So, how much avocado gets the job done? The research identified avocado consumers as those who ate, on average, half of a medium avocado daily. If you’re not sure how to enjoy the superfood, try these simple meals and snacks.

      Green Eggs Breakfast Sandwich: Smash half of an avocado and stir it in with eggs and serve on whole-wheat toast.

      Salsa Guac: Mash 2 avocados with 1 cup of your favorite salsa. Serve on top of pan-seared Ahi tuna.

      ALT: Top whole-wheat bread with avocado, lettuce and tomato and a light spread of mayo.

      Boosted Burrito: Spread avocado or guacamole on your tortilla and skip the sour cream.

      Creamy Wasabi Guac: Mash 2 avocados with 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt and 1 teaspoon (or more, if you can handle it) wasabi. Serve with sliced veggies or multi-grain chips. Serves 2.

      For more avocado ideas, check out these easy and delicious recipes. Then sign up for our monthly nutrition newsletter to get answers to all of your healthy-eating questions.

      - See more at: http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition....qwQU9t1h.dpuf
      Comments 1 Comment
      1. Stupes's Avatar
        Stupes -
        A crappy article that doesn't actually tell us anything about what an avocado actually does - just tells us that people who eat them are healthy type people.....
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