Health Information – Secrets of the Avocado (Part 1)

Health Information – Secrets of the Avocado (Part 1)

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Just half an avocado a day can help improve dry skin. Avocados can also prevent lifestyle-related diseases and relieve fatigue. They are mainly unsaturated fat, so they won’t increase triglycerides (neutral fats). In addition, avocados can help keep the blood thin and flowing smoothly.

Ancients Called Avocados the “Source of Life”

Avocados are so rich in fat that they are sometimes called the “butter of the forest.” Taste-wise, avocados have a rich flavor that is high in calories. It is for this reason that some people worry that eating avocados will mean ingesting too much fat.

According to Prof. Inoue of Nihon University, “Avocado fat is mainly unsaturated, and has the benefit of thinning the blood, much in the manner of aozakana (silver-skinned fish with a bluish tint such as mackerel, saury and sardines).”

The fatty acids found in avocado are mainly oleic acid (60-70 percent) with linolenic, palmitic and palmitoleic acids. Since unsaturated fatty acids comprise 80 percent of the fat, Inoue said there is “no need to worry about cholesterol accumulating.”

Oleic acid will not increase triglycerides or cholesterol. In fact, it will lower blood cholesterol and help prevent ischemic heart disease. Linolenic acid helps stimulate the brain’s DNA cells, prevents high blood pressure and lowers cholesterol.

Inoue advocates eating up to one whole avocado per day, but nothing more.

Avocados not only allow the intake of fats in an ideal manner, but  are a source of high food energy, perfect for after sports.

(The information provided should not be construed as medical advice or instruction. Consult your physician before attempting any new program. Readers who fail to consult appropriate health authorities assume the risk of developing serious medical conditions.)

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