By Mary-Ann Shearer

The many health benefits of eating Avocados

With the emphasis on low fat diets to avoid heart disease, cancer and diabetes, natural unprocessed fats in the diet have been thrown out with the bath water, so to speak. Avocados are a great source of natural, unprocessed fats.

Good Fats are needed by the body and in fact are essential.

Firstly, fat is needed as a source of heat and energy in the body.  Our body temperature needs to be constant no matter what the weather, and we need energy at the most basic level just to keep our heart beating.

Secondly, fat is also needed for padding and insulation of our organs and nerves.

Thirdly, fats play an essential role in our diet; they are needed to help with the absorption of the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.

Fourthly, fats are a source of essential fatty acids.  These are needed for the proper functioning of the endocrine system.  The endocrine system is perhaps the most important system in the body, as it is involved in the total functioning and maintenance of the entire body.  This system is involved in helping the body cope with any and all types of stress.  If the endocrine system is not functioning correctly then you could suffer from heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, gout, asthma, allergies, hay fever, hormonal imbalances, calcium imbalances, lack of vitamin B12 and many more disorders including a metabolism that is too sluggish.  Removing fat from your diet could result in any or all of the above symptoms including a serious weight problem.

Lack of or insufficient, fatty acids can result in skin disorders, gallstones, loss of hair, impaired growth and reproductive function, and kidney, prostate and menstrual disturbances.

Avocados are high in EFA’s

Avocados are an excellent source of essential fatty acids needed by the body.  Although high in fat, they contain no cholesterol and the fat is in a mainly unsaturated form.  In fact the fat in avocado actually helps to lower cholesterol levels in the body.  As the avocado is mostly eaten in a raw state, the fat is unheated. In this form fat is easy and comfortable to digest and assimilate.

Avocados and Protein

Avocados also contain 9 essential amino acids which make up complete protein, although this protein is not in a concentrated form. Because the Avocado is eaten mainly in its raw state, the protein is in a more usable form.  (cooked protein being more difficult to digest and use by the body).

Avocados and Vitamins/Minerals

Avocados contain a large variety of other vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper, vitamin A, vitamin B 1, 2, 3, 6, folic acid, Pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin C and vitamin E

Because of their high levels of alkaline minerals such as magnesium and potassium, avocados leave an alkaline residue in the blood stream.  This has an anti-stress effect on the body.

The avocado comes in many shapes, sizes and colours, and now is available in markets almost all year round.  Perhaps we should be saying an Avo a day keeps hormone replacement at bay.  Eating an avocado a day has no possible harmful side effects and will only improve your overall quality of day to a health and living.  To life! To AVOCADOS!


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