Saturday, August 24, 2013
360fit- Avacado Superhero Food by Devin Sherrington
Avocado one of the best fruits you can eat.
Not only is it packed with monounsaturated fat, but it excellent for weight loss.
People seem to think that avocado's are too high in fat to eat. Yes, avocado is full of fat - but it's full of good fat, and good fat keeps you from getting fat.
But that's not all! Avocado possesses a double whammy when it comes to weight loss and blood sugar metabolism. Avocado contains a unique weight loss friendly carbohydrate called mannoheptulose.
Mannoheptulose is a rare form of sugar, found primarily in avocado. Mannoheptulose is known to lower insulin secretion. To understand how the inhibition of insulin is helpful to weight loss we need to understand insulin resistance in general.
An underlying cause of the obesity epidemic is insulin resistance. Insulin resistance occurs when the cells lining your arteries become resistant to the action of the hormone insulin. Your body uses insulin to pull sugar from your blood and into your cells where it can be used as energy. When your cells become resistant to insulin your body has no choice but to store your blood sugar as fat. People with insulin resistance make too much insulin in their bodies. Too much insulin only makes the problem of weight gain and difficulty with weight gain worse. Avocado actually helps to reverse the problems that we see with insulin resistance, by virtue of the presence of mannoheptulose and its high content of good fats.
I like to slice mine up, sprinkle with coarse sea salt and enjoy. I use them in sandwiches, on salads, eat them alone or with pita crisps. Anyway you slice it, avocado's are a awesome!
If you don't know how to buy them ask your local produce clerk at the grocery store. I buy them a little green and put them on the counter to finish softening up. If you only want 1/2 at a time, leave the seed in the half you're going to store in the fridge to keep it from turning brown.
So, give an avocado a chance and go buy some today!
Devin Sherrington is a master personal trainer and owner of 360fit in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He lives in Fletcher's Lake with his children Reign and Journey.
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