I’m currently snacking on an avocado and thought that this would make a good topic of discussion.

Often times people mistaken the concept of a snack for something sweet or filled with carbohydrates because those foods are known to keep us energized. Yes these popular items such as chocolate, chips and ice cream are known as fast-digesting sugars and are most times empty calorie foods, this means that they lack vitamins and minerals and are simply sugar and fats.

Most people reply “well they keep me going” but your body will react to what it is accustomed to! But that does not mean it is a healthy choice. If you need to cut the habit of snacking ever so often on “junk” foods then slowly change over by mixing a fruit or two in between the chocolate, this breaks the habit and soon your taste buds will develop a taste for healthy eating.

Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid. They also act as a "nutrient booster" by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit.

Avocados and Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but a healthy diet and exercise plan may help reduce your risk of developing the life-threatening illness.

The American Heart Association (AHA) Dietary Guidelines recommend a diet that has at least five servings of fruits and vegetables, contains up to 30% of calories from fats (primarily unsaturated) and is low in saturated fat, cholesterol, trans fats and sodium while being rich in potassium. Avocados can help you meet the AHA dietary guidelines because they have both monosaturated and polyunsaturated fat and contain potassium.

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