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March Nutrition Tip: Avocado and Your Weight

By March 16, 2014December 9th, 2014Daily Posts/Tips

“Eliminating grain carbs is one of the best and easiest ways to normalize your weight and support your health, but when you cut down on non-vegetable carbs, you need to increase your intake of healthy fats,” write Dr. Joseph Mercola in a March 15, 2014 article in Health Impact News Daily.

Avocados are one of the healthiest fats around:  this monounsaturated fat can be burned for energy, which is good to know if you are cutting back on those other carbohydrates.  Because of the high high-fat, low-sugar contents, eating often can lead to improved weight management, as a recent study has shown.  They are also high in potassium  (twice as much as a banana), a nutrient which creates heart health, inhibits the production of an inflammatory compound knows as Interleukin-6, will not increase triglyeride levels and can improve lipid profiles.

  • We need potassium for the contraction of muscles. Low levels of potassium is associated with muscle twitching, cramps and muscle weakness.
  • Consumption of diet with high amount of potassium is associated with reduced incidents of stroke.
  • It is important for the balance of water and electrolytes in the body.
  • It participates in signal transmission through the nerves.
  • It is the main positively charged ion inside the cells.                                                                                                                         In addition, avocados are high in fiber, vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid.  The high fat content allows the body to absorb more of the fat-soluble nutrients and three to five times more carotenoids antioxidant molecules for free radical protection.   According to Dr. Mercola, even conventionally-grown avocados are free of harmful chemicals.

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