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The Good Fat | The Avocado

What is thought to be "good fat" in the food universe? The avocado is one of them that's good for your body. But, what's so "good" about this fruit, yes, it's a fruit, which I always considered a veggie.

Let's start this discussion by providing some facts about the avocado.

We now know that the avocado is a fruit. We also know that it is a good source of fat for your body.

So, what else is revelatory about the avocado? Its benefits?

  • The avocado is a good source of fiber

  • It offers several minerals that are beneficial to our bodies, including iron, copper, and potassium

  • A good source of folate

  • A source of vitamin E

  • An excellent source of monounsaturated fat

Although these are only a few of the many benefits of the avocado, what about "this excellent source of monounsaturated fat?"

What is monounsaturated fat?

Monounsaturated fat is a heart-healthy dietary fat of a plant source, high in calories, that lowers bad cholesterol.

How does the monounsaturated fat in the avocado lower the bad cholesterol in the body?

It helps to decrease low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in the blood. This process decreases clogged arteries by reducing plaque within the arteries, which decreases the risk of heart disease and stroke.

To get another perspective of monounsaturated fats, along with polyunsaturated fats, they are fats that remain liquid at room temperature or thicken when chilled, which are considered healthy fats---less likely to clog the arteries.

In contrast, saturated fats remain solid at room temperature, along with trans fats, the unhealthy type of fats---"artery cloggers."

Check-out the article published by VeryWell Fit that explains the monounsaturated fats (HDL) or high-density lipoprotein in avocados, and why they are a an excellent source of the good fat to add to your meals.

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