If there is one thing about mainstream dietary advice that has done quite a lot of damage, then it is the fact that they have been turning saturated fat into such a health villain. And as a result, superfoods like avocados have been getting a bad rap because they contain “too much fat”
But according to the latest research, avocados are a lot healthier than the mainstream has let on. In fact, numerous studies have shown that they can reduce your risk of metabolic syndrome!
Taking down the fat myth
Metabolic syndrome is not a stand-alone disease but rather a cluster of risk factors – like obesity, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol – that can lead to cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes.
And avocados seem to have the ability to zero in on one of these risk factors in particular: cholesterol.
In their analysis of a number of studies that have documented the benefits of avocados, researchers in Iran focused on one study in which avocados were given to participants with either “healthy” or “high” cholesterol levels.
After one week, BOTH groups showed significant reductions in LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
In their review of these studies, the researchers also discovered that eating avocados helped overweight and obese adults lose both weight AND body mass!
Better still, the overweight participants who saw the weight loss benefits of eating avocados didn’t skimp out on their portion sizes, either. They ate one WHOLE avocado… every day… for six weeks!
There are plenty of ways to incorporate more avocados into your diet.
They are a great addition to salads and sandwiches. Or simply drizzle some olive oil and lemon juice over it and enjoy on its own. You can also slice one in half and fill it with a protein – like tuna – or scramble some with your eggs for an extra protein punch.
In addition to their healthy fat content avocados also deliver nearly 20 vitamins and minerals – including calcium, iron, zinc, and vitamins A, B, C, and E – in a single serving.
And while eating avocados can’t offset poor eating habits on their own, they can be a recipe for success when you combine them with daily exercise and an all-around healthy diet.
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Avocados can help to treat metabolic syndrome, says review, medicalnewstoday.com/articles/316885.php