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Avocado for Athletes

What is an Avocado?

Avocado AKA alligator pear is a fruit of an Avocado tree; it’s a large berry that contains a single seed.

Why should athlete’s eat avocados?

1. Electrolytes

Did you know an avocado has more potassium than a banana? Most people aren't getting enough potassium. Potassium is important for athletes because it is a mineral that works with sodium to balance the fluids and electrolyte levels in your body. Steady fluid levels help regulate your heartbeat and prevent muscles from cramping, potassium is of particular importance for athletes.

2. Think more clearly

Did you know that Avocados are one of the fattiest plant foods available? They are loaded with monounsaturated fatty acids specifically oleic acid which is known to help stabilize blood sugars and lower cholesterol. During sports fat is important, as it helps build the myelin layer, which is important to increase the speed of brain impulses.

3. Supports Gut Flora

Avocados are full of fiber. Fiber is an indigestible part of the plant that is important for the digestion process but also can contribute to weight loss, and reduce blood sugar spikes. Avocados contain soluble fiber which is known to feed the good gut bacteria found in the intestine this is important for healthy body systems.

4. Increased Nutrient Absorption

Avocado can increase the nutrient value of other plant foods that you are eating. Some nutrients such as vitamin A, D, E, and K are “fat soluble” this means that they need to be combined with fat to be used.

5. Anti-Inflammatory

Avocados are a rich source of monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acids; they are known to help balance out the pro-inflammatory polyunsaturated omega-6 fats that are common in the processed diet.

These are just a few of the many benefits that Avocados provide to our health. Don’t forget to add them to your next salad!


Julie Sparkes

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