Are Avocados Useful for Weight Loss, or Fattening?

Avocados are single-seeded berries native to Mexico, with 322 calories and 29 grams of fat which is 10 to 20 times what you’ll find in any other item in the produce aisle of a grocery or vegetable store—the avocado can arguably be considered more of a fat than a fruit.

Avocados also contain a fair amount of niacin, riboflavin, copper, magnesium, manganese and antioxidants.

Furthermore, avocados are low in carbs and a great source of fiber. Each serving contains only 9 grams of carbs, 7 of which come from fiber. Avocados contain mostly monounsaturated fat, most of that monounsaturated fat is oleic acid, the same fatty acid found in olives and olive oil. This type of fat is considered to be very healthy.

A lot of research have linked oleic acid to health benefits, such as decreased inflammation and a lower risk of developing heart disease, avocados contain almost 20 times more fat-soluble phytosterols than other fruits. Phytosterols are plant compounds believed to have positive effects on heart health.

There is no reason to fear that avocados will be fattening, as long as you eat them as part of a healthy diet based on whole foods. On the contrary, avocados have many qualities of a weight loss friendly food.

Apples are so cliche. Researchers now say it’s an avocado a day that can really keep the doctor—and your cholesterol levels—at bay!

So here is a list of benefits you could get from eating Avocado regularly:

Avocado is a green, pear-shaped fruit often called an “alligator pear.” It is loaded with healthy fats, fiber and various important nutrients.

  • Potassium is an important mineral that most people don’t get enough of. Avocados are very high in potassium, which should support healthy blood pressure levels.
  • Avocados and avocado oil are high in monounsaturated oleic acid, a heart-healthy fatty acid that is believed to be one of the main reasons for the health benefits of olive oil.
  • Avocados tend to be rich in fiber — about 7% by weight, which is very high compared to most other foods. Fiber may have important benefits for weight loss and metabolic health.
  • One dietary survey found that people who ate avocados had a much higher nutrient intake and a lower risk of metabolic syndrome.
  • Avocados may aid weight loss by keeping you full longer and making you eat fewer calories. They’re also high in fiber and low in carbs, which may promote weight loss.
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