Obesity is rising. According to the latest statistics released by WHO, the occurrence of obesity has become double to what it was in 1980. Worldwide, 15% of women and 11% of men at the age of 18 and above are obese. It is estimated to rise more in future. What is more alarming about this disease is that it can lead to many deadly diseases like high blood pressure, stroke, type-2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, reproductive problems, abnormal blood fats and many more. Chief among these is Cardiovascular diseases (CVD).
With a rise in BMI (Body Mass Index), the risk of coronary heart disease (CVD) too increases. In CVD, a waxy material builds up within the coronary arteries. This influences blood flow through the arteries as the passage becomes narrow due to the build-up. This is what is responsible for heart attacks. Remember, obesity can also lead to heart failure.
Fortunately, there is a super food that can help you curb this effectively – AVOCADOS
People may argue that the fat content is high in Avocados. Therefore, they must be avoided. But in this article, I will highlight some facts to burst the myth said above.
Polyunsaturated fats like omega-6 fats are responsible for the increase in CVD. Therefore. increasing the amount of mono saturated fatty acids can help in curbing the disease.
Avocados are a good source of mono saturated oleic acid. A research has revealed that the fatty acid reduces harmful low density lipoprotein and increases useful high density lipoprotein cholesterol. Apart from this, this wonder fruit is rich in nutrients good for the health of your heart like Vitamin E, folate, potassium, phytosterols and dietary fiber.
- Vitamin E – This vitamin prevents cholesterol oxidation
- Folate – Lowers harmful homocysteine level in the blood
- Potassium – regulates the pressure of blood in the arteries
- Phytosterols – lowers absorption of cholesterol
- Dietary Fiber – controls blood sugar
Oil is healthy too
Avocado oil contains the above mentioned nutrients in higher amount. Hence, more beneficial.
Seeds are no less healthy
Antioxidants present in avocado seeds are much more than you would find in any of the fruits or vegetables. Also, it has polyphenols like green tea. The seeds thus help in preventing CVD by reducing cholesterol levels and this happens by averting plaque formation in the arteries. Scientists believe that the dietary fiber is responsible for reduction in cholesterol levels. These bind to the cholesterol in the intestinal tract and avert its absorption into the body.
It has been found that eating an avocado a day is good for reducing cholesterol in obese and overweight individuals. So, eat one every day and STAY HEALTHY.