Is Avocado Fattening
Is Avocado Fattening?
Is avocado fattening? A majority of people asked this question would probably answer yes, assuming they knew what an avocado was to begin with. In most instances, those people are repeating something they've heard of or been taught, and it's something that simply isn't true.
Lots Of Fat, But Not Fattening - An avocado contains fat, quite a bit of it in fact. Logically that would seem to make the answer to the question, is avocado fattening, obvious. If a hot fudge sundae, which contains plenty of fat, is fattening, then an avocado, which also contains plenty of fat, should also be fattening as well.
Take this test. Eat a hot fudge sundae every day, better yet two hot fudge sundaes, and after a month measure your waistline or step on the scales to see how much weight you've put on. Chances are there may be a few pounds. Try eating one of two avocados a day and take the same measurements after a month. You may have gained a little weight, but the chances are equal that you may have lost a little weight or not undergone any change. Admittedly, when all is said and done, you may still prefer hot-fudge sundaes.
The reason for this is that the fats in an avocado are vegetable fats, which are natural, monounsaturated fats. These are healthy fats and do not lead to weight gain. The fats found in a hot fudge sundae, and in many meat and dairy products for that matter, as well as in many processed foods, are saturated fats, the kind that "stick to your ribs", almost literally. Processed foods often tend to be rich in hydrogenated vegetable oils, which together with sugars, and refined flour products contribute to our putting on weight, and are basically unhealthy.
A Source Of Dietary Fat - Avocado fat is a natural fat, a so-called dietary fat, which is a fat our body needs to maintain good health. The same is true for most nuts, some of which are regarded as fattening, yet the same people who will often caution us against eating nuts (or avocados) for fear of gaining weight, will tell us how healthy a diet of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and grains can be.
A Satiating Food - Chances are, if you did take the aforementioned test, you might find it difficult to eat two regular-sized avocados a day, unless you're really very fond of them. Avocados are one of those foods that are satiating, they fill us up quickly. Even if they were somewhat fattening, most of us would probably have difficulty eating enough of them in one sitting, or over a short period of time, to make much of a difference in our weight. In fact, eat half an avocado and you'll likely feel too full to have that piece of chocolate cake for desert, or indulge in a store-bought, sugar-coated doughnut.
The avocado is also healthy, almost screamingly so. Those who should know will tell you avocado is very helpful in maintaining good metabolism and the monounsaturated fats tend to lower cholesterol levels, especially bad cholesterol levels, rather than raise them. Avocados are also power-packed when it comes to providing the vitamins and minerals our bodies need.
Beware The Low Fat Diet - There are more "low-fat" fad diets around than you can shake a stick at. Some are effective and if followed properly could even be considered healthy, but most are not, the reason being that in the attempt to limit consumption to low-fat or no-fat foods, foods such as avocados are not included, under the mistaken notion that they contribute to weight gain. By avoiding such foods, one is at the same time avoiding sources of required nutrients. There are plenty of fad diets which are not healthy that could be made so with the addition of non-fattening foods like avocados and nuts.
Is avocado fattening? No.