Better avocado nutrition

Published on January 7th, 2013 | by Matthew Lovitt

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Avocado Nutrition: New Study is Great News for Avocado Lovers

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Could eating more avocados make you healthier? A new study on avocado nutrition looked at that very question.

Identifying shared elements in the lives of healthy individuals is an inherently tricky proposition, because it is contingent upon the subjective and somewhat unreliable measure of human perception. Some may value exercise to a greater degree and report that the their healthy condition is the result of running, swimming or Zumba-ing with the enthusiasm of rabbits during mating season. Others may place more emphasis on diet and attribute their health to eating a wheelbarrow full of fruits and vegetables each day.

While diet and exercise are certainly both valuable components in the lifestyle choices of healthy individuals, personal bias can impair the reliability of any self reported measure of health and wellness.

Imperfect as these measures may be, their ability to identify the how and why of healthy living has the potential to greatly improve the health of those struggling with poor health or lifestyle disease.

A shining example: a recent study conducted by the Center for Disease Control and reported in the December edition of Nutrition Journal found a positive association between diet quality, health and the consumption of avocados.

Measuring a variety of health indices against the consumption of these creamy, nutrient dense gems found that people who regularly eat avocados maintain a higher quality diet and have a lower body weight, BMI and waist circumference than their non-avocado-eating counterparts. Citing the dependency of weight control on the energy density, macronutrient bioavailability and the physical properties of food, this study accurately illustrates the impact high quality nutrition plays on a variety of widely accepted measures of health.

The proverbial icing on the cake, those whose regularly consume avocados have significantly higher HDL, ‘good’, cholesterol levels and a lower risk of developing metabolic syndrome. This is awesome news considering that metabolic syndrome is a precursor to cardiovascular disease (CVD) and CVD is responsible for approximately 1 in 4 deaths in the United States.

For a more in depth look at metabolic syndrome, here is a previous post of mine that tries to demystify the condition a little bit.

If nothing else, this new information certainly adds a tasty new dimension to the argument that diet is the most important consideration when striving for total health and wellness. If you need to kickstart your avocado-eating, check out this avocado, quinoa, and kale salad recipe to get you going!

Image Credit: Avocado photo via Shutterstock



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About the Author

A holistic nutritionist in the making, Matthew spends the majority of his time trying to unravel the beautifully complex relationship between food, health and spiritual well-being. While this may sound like a somewhat glamorous pursuit, his daily journey towards enlightenment often begins and ends in front of a computer or textbook with the occasional retreat to the kitchen to rejuvenate his mind and body. When not enthralled in his quest to greater understanding, Matthew can be found attempting some insane test of physical endurance on the highways of Arizona, eating peanut butter and banana bagel sandwiches in his pajamas, or watching cartoons with his amazing fiance and puppy. If you're interested in joining Matthew on his journey to health and wellness, please feel free to follow him on Twitter (@veggiematthew), Facebook or at his blog.



  • http://amzn.to/RUltKc Jeff Rivera

    This is a very interesting article, Matthew! I have recently learned that I like avocados and so this article stuck out to me in particular. I had always seemed to think avocados were healthy, but I had no idea exactly how much they are related to overall health and wellness! That is great!
    In your post, I enjoyed the dynamics of your content. Your article had quite a bit of scientific research woven into an easy to follow context and then you topped it off with a recipe. I really like that you did that. I will definitely have to try the Quinoa, Kale and Avocado Salad Recipe you posted. It looks delicious!
    It seems so hard to find a healthy diet in the rushing around of daily life, but your dedicated, informative posts do certainly seem to make it a little easier! Thank you for sharing and I look forward to reading more healthy tips!

    Jeff Rivera
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  • http://Veggiefeed.com Matthew

    Wow! Thanks for your encouraging words! I try to make my writing as relatable and relevant as possible and it is always great to hear that I was able to help someone learn, discover something new. Thanks again!

  • Susan Huber

    Avocados are the best for skin too … Since i grew up in Mexico where we had a avocado tree and had too many and ebded up using them for baseball… They have been my fave thing to eat and gave turned on many of my friends to eating them all time and… My HDL is much higher rhan most peoples’….

  • http://www.ketodietplans.com Darren@KetoDietPlans

    Good article Matthew! I always enjoyed avocados for the taste, but it’s good to know that extra $1.50 i pay at Chipotle for guacamole is also beneficial to my health :) Need to start recommending this to my clients.

    • Matthew

      Nice! Chipotle is one of my greatest weaknesses, but I am always a little comforted by the veggie burrito (which actually comes with avocado….for free!)

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