As ‘health’ continues to become more of a fashion than a lifestyle (potentially controversial), particularly amongst the younger generation, certain fad trends have grown rapidly as a result. On my morning bus to work (I do avocado) I’ll have a quick check through my social media pages, always to be welcomed by snapchats or Instagram videos of someone else cutting into their perfectly prepared poached egg, allowing it to ooze and leak over a bed of avocado. This video seems to have become a statement within itself; “I am health conscious”.
On one hand, I am an advocate of eating breakfast every morning, and this is a rather healthy dish to do so with. On the other hand, you have to ask yourself, why avocado? Are you truly informed on the nutritional benefits of this fruit, and is it compliant to your level of physical activity?
So, as with most of my articles I have done the research for you, allowing you to become more informed on your journey to good health.
The bright side of avos:
They contain even more potassium than bananas, which is a fantastic source of natural slow release energy. Often when on a diet, you can be left feeling fatigued, however high potassium foods can prevent this happening.
They also contain high levels of protein, which not only helps to build healthy muscles, bones and skin, but it also helps you feel fuller for longer. This prevents all the naughty and often unnecessary snacking between meals.
As is later mentioned in this article, they help to reduce the cholesterol level in our body. When consumed in moderation this can prevent numerous cardiovascular issues such as strokes, heart attacks and irregular heartbeats.
They are packed full of fibre! Fibre is essential for a healthy digestive system, and can also work to control blood sugar spikes.
They have high levels of particular antioxidants which are crucial for healthy eyes. Their nutrients, Lutein and Zeaxanthin, are proven to reduce the onset of cataracts and macular degeneration, which is more common amongst the older generation.
However, the dark side of avos:
Avocados are in fact incredibly high in calories, and so excessive consumption can in fact lead to weight gain.
Similarly, they are high in fat, and although it’s brown fat which is good for you, this only works if you are exercising too, otherwise it just turns to stored fat.
They are high in Beta-sitosterol, which absorbs bad cholesterols- great, right? Well in truth, if you have too much beta-sitoserol then your body will start absorbing the good cholesterol which is required for many of our bodily functions, such as removing ‘bad fats’ and maintaining the wall to our blood vessels.
On that note, excessive (daily) avocado consumption can in fact lead to blood thinning, and this can in turn prevent the anti inflammatory effects of medications.
Avocados leave you feeling fuller for longer. Although this seems great if you’re trying to lose weight, a common side effect of this is a nutrient deficit. It is healthier to eat small nutrient rich meals regularly, than have one avocado for breakfast and not feel hungry until much later in the day. A healthy lifestyle is about balance and attaining all vitamins etc.
Unsuitable during pregnancy and nursing. Avocados are renowned for reducing milk production which can eventually have detrimental effects on your mammary gland.
In summary, as you can see there are a plethora of incredible health benefits associated with the consumption of avocados, making them a fantastic addition to your diet. They’re versatile, quick to prepare, and are found in almost any supermarket up and down the country. However, it is important to be in touch with your health. So, whether you’re watching what you eat with minimal attention being paid to your exercise regime, or you’re on a strict routine of eating clean and training dirty, know your limits! So when it comes to your avocado consumption, as with everything that relates to your health, the key is moderation.
Love and Passion,