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They’re not just for millennials: 20 reasons to eat an avocado every day

November 7, 2018

{ url: "", caption: "Metabolic syndrome is the newest \u201Csilent killer\u201D<\/a> doctors are warning about \u2014 and it involves a crazed, fluctuating metabolism. Eating an avocado every day could help to stabilize your metabolism, some studies say<\/a>. The healthy fats involved help to prevent your metabolism from taking an unwelcome nosedive<\/a> after a meal. (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "109606475", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "It Regulates Your Metabolism", },

{ url: "", caption: "There is no limit<\/a> to the number of ways you can cook with avocado. The opportunities far surpass guacamole (though there are dozens of guacamole recipes<\/a> out there to keep you occupied). You can make desserts with avocado<\/a>, avocado-laden brunch, or even crunchy kale and avocado salads. If you\u2019re not about all that effort and would rather keep it simple, just make some avocado toast or eat one of the fruits raw as a snack. (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "109606477", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "The Recipe Possibilities are Delicious", },

{ url: "", caption: "Vitamins A, C, and E are all present in the flesh of tasty avocados \u2014 and in this case they\u2019re as immune-boosting<\/a> as they are delicious. Eating avocados could help ward off illnesses and pesky runny noses<\/a>, simply by helping your immune system fight off bacterial attack. (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "109606478", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "They Boost Your Immune System", },

{ url: "", caption: "Avocados are loaded with good stuff with complicated names, including the prestigious-sounding nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin. Both of these compounds play a role in preventing macular degeneration, or wearing away of the retina. To keep your eyesight in top shape, go ahead and gorge on these fatty fruits \u2014 or one of these other eye-shielding foods<\/a>. (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "109606479", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "They Can Preserve Your Eyesight", },

{ url: "", caption: "The best way to prevent fatigue<\/a>, the mid-day slump, and snack-craving hunger? Eat a balanced meal that provides lasting, slow-digesting energy. That\u2019s where avocados can really do the trick. The healthy fats in avocados taste so satisfying because they are \u2014 an appealing reason to consider packing one with lunch<\/a>. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "109606480", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "They Can Stave Off Hunger", },

{ url: "", caption: "The antioxidants in our favorite piece of produce<\/a> are good news for fighting off cancer. But don\u2019t take it from us \u2014 one study<\/a> effectively showed that avocados contain compounds that can slow the onset of prostate cancer by inhibiting the growth of cancerous cells. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "109606481", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "They Could Lower Cancer Risk", },

{ url: "", caption: "Avocados contain a monounsaturated fat called oleic acid \u2014 this miracle compound has been linked in studies<\/a> to a decrease in inflammation. Inflammation<\/a> is more than just annoying swelling. It\u2019s the culprit behind many chronic diseases, including Alzheimer\u2019s, arthritis, and even cancer. (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "109606482", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "They Fight Inflammation", },

{ url: "", caption: "Like, so many. Just one avocado contains significant amounts of eight vital nutrients<\/a>, stretching from the key vitamins like K and C to rare minerals such as folate. Each one of these nutrients plays a pivotal role in your health \u2014 so eating an avocado is kind of like eating part of a multivitamin<\/a>. (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "109606484", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "They Have So Many Vitamins and Minerals", },

{ url: "", caption: "Diabetes prevention happens when you regulate your blood sugar using healthy foods<\/a>. Avocados are insanely effective at doing this. One study<\/a> analyzed the difference in the blood glucose levels of the studied population before and after lunch. One group was given half an avocado with their meal and another was given the same meal without avocado. The group that ate the creamy, green fruit experienced dramatically less blood sugar fluctuation after eating. After hearing that, we\u2019re tempted to pack halves with our lunches every day. (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "109606485", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "They Help Prevent Diabetes", },

{ url: "", caption: "Fatty acids in avocados lower bad cholesterol<\/a> and bump up the good cholesterol in your system. The good cholesterol continues to lower the bad kind \u2014 so basically, healthy fats are the best way to maintain healthy cholesterol levels.<\/a> (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "109606486", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "They Lower Cholesterol", },

{ url: "", caption: "Potassium, one of the reasons avocados are so nutritious<\/a>, is necessary to keep your blood pressure low and steady. High blood pressure can be dangerous for your heart, making it work harder to pump blood and beating regularly. For this reason, high blood pressure<\/a> can seriously increase your risk of heart disease or another cardiac problem. Potassium helps prevent that \u2014 thank you, guacamole! (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "109606487", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "They Lower Your Risk for Heart Disease", },

{ url: "", caption: "Have you ever tried adding an avocado to your smoothie? If you haven\u2019t, you\u2019re seriously missing out on one of the many ways to make your smoothie taste like dessert<\/a>. Other avocado-based confections are out there, too \u2014 avocado mousse, cakes, and frostings. The creamy avocado adds a silky, rich texture to the dish. (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "109606488", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "They Make Healthy Desserts Super Creamy", },

{ url: "", caption: "If you eat a nutritious food<\/a> but don\u2019t absorb any of the nutrients, is it still nutritious? In short, no. If you can\u2019t absorb the good stuff from the food, it\u2019s all going to s--- (literally) when it passes right through your system.\nMany nutrients are \u201Cfat-soluble\u201D, meaning they need to be eaten alongside some fat in order to get absorbed during digestion. Avocados provide that fat, alongside the fat-soluble vitamins themselves<\/a>. So eating an avocado not only gives you tons of nutrients, but it makes whatever else you\u2019re eating healthier, too. Doesn\u2019t get much better than that. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "109606489", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "They Make the Other Foods You Eat Even Healthier", },

{ url: "", caption: "You know that saying \u201CYou\u2019re just one workout away from a good mood\u201D? Yeah, we\u2019re nixing that and replacing \u201Cworkout\u201D with \u201Cavocado.\u201D You\u2019re welcome.\nBoth folate and potassium deficiencies have been linked to depression in various studies<\/a>. You could either go grab a banana<\/a> or just add in that daily avocado. It truly can work wonders!<\/a> (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "109606490", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "They Make You Happier", },

{ url: "", caption: "In addition to healthy fats and loads of micronutrients, avocados also have a whole lot of fiber<\/a>. Your digestion relies on fiber to keep things moving. A whole avocado has over half of your recommended daily value of fiber. So by feeding it the dense fruit, you\u2019re really helping your body out to keep things regular. (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "109606491", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "They\u2019re Good for Your Digestion", },

{ url: "", caption: "Seriously, guys. You need healthy fats. As if you haven\u2019t been convinced already, here are some things that could happen if you don\u2019t get enough of the nutrient<\/a>: Increased risk of heart disease, worsening cholesterol, extreme fatigue, dry skin, menstrual irregularities (in women). Need I go on? Get your healthy fats however you please<\/a>, but avocados sound like a great way to guarantee you\u2019re getting enough. (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "109606492", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "You Need Healthy Fats", },

{ url: "", caption: "Apparently, 1 in 4 men thinks the secret to better hair is smearing some avocado on toast<\/a>. While it\u2019s likely not the elixir balding men are looking for, avocados are really good for your hair. The vitamin C and folic acid support hair health<\/a> to keep it shining and growing as you age. (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "109606494", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "You\u2019ll Get Better Hair", },

{ url: "", caption: "Vitamin E is infused into many skincare products<\/a> to counteract wrinkles and keep skin looking fresh. Avocados actually contain loads of the vitamin \u2014 so buy one of those fresh instead of spending crazy amounts of your paycheck on skincare. With the new Whole Foods prices<\/a>, avocados are surprisingly affordable nowadays. (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "109606495", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "You\u2019ll Have Clearer Skin", },

{ url: "", caption: "Your brain uses a staggering 50 percent of the fats in our bodies \u2014 it\u2019s incredible how much brain fuel it takes just to think! Avocados are fantastic brain fuel, which is why you should probably consider eating one before your next big exam<\/a>. Or, you know, any time you want your brain to be working well. If you\u2019re somehow getting tired of avocados, though, you could always resort to one of these sources of healthy fats instead.<\/a> (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "109606496", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Your Brain Needs the Fats", },


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It’s time to stop living by “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” — and swap that fruit for a much more versatile one. We’re advocating for avocados: the healthy fat phenomenon that’s swept the food scene with its softening, malleable shell and its creamy, soft interior (and a pit that’s actually healthier than the rest of the fruit). (This story originally appeared on The Daily Meal.)
(Holly Van Hare, The Daily Meal)

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