Avocado Perks

February 24th, 2013 | Posted by Alison Spath in Healthy Habits

I’ve got too many ripe avocados right now.

Over Easy Eggs with Avocado

Although I think this is comparable to complaining that your pants are too loose or that you have too much money.

I like avocado and egg salad sandwiches, so I decided to throw some of my abundant avocado onto my over easy eggs this morning.  This was an awesome breakfast combo, which is why I’m here telling you about it now:

Avocado on eggs is good.  Eat this.

(If over easy eggs aren’t your favorite, I don’t think you’ll go wrong with avocado in an omelet or on top of scrambled eggs either.)

As I was dicing up a quarter of an avocado on to my eggs, I remembered a headline I saw last week that claimed Avocados Fire Up Fat Burn.

From that article:

Eating half an avocado daily can help you shed up to 4 pounds monthly.

Really?  How?  Why?  I mean, you could eat Twinkies and lose weight so long as you worked them into your calorie allowance (please don’t try that) so of course you can eat avocado and still lose weight.  The fat content of an avocado can leave you feeling very satisfied, and therefore leading you to eat less – but is there more to it than that?

This was how my wild, post-breakfast internet avocado goose chase commenced.

Avocados are loaded with fat and fiber, both of which help keep your blood sugar (and therefore, your appetite) in check.  But turns out that avocados also contain something called mannoheptulose, a sugar that prevents glucose phosphorylation.

(glucophosphowhat?)

Translation: the sugar found in avocados can actually inhibit insulin secretion, which can aid in fat loss if that’s something you’re working toward.

And if you’re not thinking about weight loss right now, there’s still a bunch of great reasons to eat more avocado.  It can help improve cholesterol numbers (both LDL and HDL!) and is good for your eyes and skin too.

As if we needed more excuses to eat our creamy green friend!  I hope now though that you’ll feel free to stock up on avocados when you see them on sale – I did!  Perhaps that avocado sale can help get us all one step closer to complaining about not being able to zip our wallets closed or needing to punch a new hole in our belt?  Either way, I’ve got avocados coming out of my ears – or going on to my eggs, at least.


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7 Responses

  • I love avocadoes on my egg sandwiches. I never heard about the mannoheptulose factor, though–I’m definitely going to start eating more! Thanks for the info.

  • jen says:

    avocados on sale is why I have too many ripe ones!! :)

    I like it smashed on top of toasted sesame E-bread with some salt and pepper. Though I’ve started craving the taste and they disappear a lot quicker! haha.

  • Lisa says:

    I love facts like this! I also love avocados! I’m about to schedule an avocado giveaway (once I get organized and catch up on things… so it might be a while). But … I just want everyone to eat avocados… my cousin hates them, so I can never get her to stop at a roadside stand when we’re near San Diego (where they cost $5 for 25).
    I like the “eat a half an avocado a day” advice, although I rarely can stop at the half…

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