Superfood: Avocado

Published April 4, 2014

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For a delicious and healthy addition to your summer barbeques, look no further than the nutritious avocado. This superfood has many potential benefits for men’s and women’s health, and there are a number of great ways to make the most of this tasty treat in your daily diet.

Research has linked avocado to benefits including improved heart health, and help with weight management.1

One of the main advantages of avocado is that it’s full of good fats. These are known as monounsaturated fats and can have a positive impact on weight management and lipid metabolism1 – these fats are a conference on the benefits of such superfoods, Dr. David Heber of the Center for Human Nutrition recognized the health value of monounsaturated fats.

“Foods such as Hass avocados, nuts and seeds should be included on the shopping lists of health-conscious consumers as scientists are recognizing that these fats contribute taste and variety, as well as health benefits to the diet,” he explained1.

Other research suggests a link between daily intake of avocado and the effects it has on appetite. A study from the Loma Linda University shows that eating avocado will influence the body’s leptin responses for three hours following the meal, which can help to reduce hunger and regulate energy1.

Avocados are also high in vitamin E2, which is why many people claim the fruit has anti-ageing benefits. Vitamin E is an antioxidant and therefore battles free radicals in the body that damage cells and can cause visible signs of ageing, such as wrinkles.

Avocados are a great, healthy and delicious snack whenever you can get your hands on them. Why not add slices of the fruit to salads and hamburgers, make a tasty guacamole dip for your snacks or eat them fresh on toast or with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

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