Infographic: Why You Should Eat an Avocado a Day

Why You Should Eat an Avocado a Day - Health Benefits
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Many people who are trying to lose weight are afraid to eat avocados because of their relatively high calorie content.   One Florida or California avocado that weighs about 201 grams has 322 calories.  (Compare that to one cooked or roasted chicken breast that weighs about 196 grams and has 386 calories.)

But, the avocado has about 13.5 grams (or 54% of the Daily Percent Value) of dietary fiber and 0 grams of dietary cholesterol.   Conversely, the chicken breast has 0 grams of dietary fiber and about 82.3 mg (or 27% of the Daily Percent Value) of dietary cholesterol.

The number of calories in an avocado versus in a chicken breast aside, the weight loss experts agree that eating foods that are high in dietary fiber aids in weight loss, including belly fat.  Research indicates that natural dietary fiber found in whole foods (such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts) aid in weight loss the most.   Read Benefits of Fiber:  For Your Heart, Weight and Energy for more information on dietary fiber and weight loss.

Regarding cholesterol, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
  • 71 million American adults (33.5%) have high LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol.
  • Only 1 out of every 3 adults with high LDL cholesterol has the condition under control.
  • Less than half of adults with high LDL cholesterol get treatment.
  • People with high total cholesterol have approximately twice the risk of heart disease as people with optimal levels. A desirable level is lower than 200 mg/dL.
  • The average total cholesterol level for adult Americans is about 200 mg/dL, which is borderline high risk.
Recently, there has been a lot written in the media downplaying the importance of consuming dietary cholesterol.   However, Dr. J David Spence and colleagues (Robarts Research Institute, London, ON) that that "Despite widespread belief to the contrary, it is simply not true that dietary cholesterol is harmless," because research over the past 40 years supports reducing dietary cholesterol to reduce LDL levels, which in turn reduces coronary risk.  For further information, see No yolk:  Public downplays threat from dietary cholesterol

Everyone can choose to believe what they want.  But common sense would tell you that eating foods (meat, eggs, cheese and other dairy products) that are high in dietary cholesterol cannot be harmless to one's health.

The dietary cholesterol debate aside, an avocado has other health benefits as illustrated in this Infographic.

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