It’s Cinco de Mayo, and don’t let any of the politically correct killjoys out there stop you from celebrating.
Crack open an ice-cold cerveza, crank up the fiesta music, and don’t forget the guacamole.
It won’t just add a burst of taste to any dish.
Turns out the main ingredient in that guac can set your metabolism on fire, helping to protect against weight gain, obesity, and everything else that comes with it!
The new review of 129 studies finds the taco-boosting, burrito-building nutrients packed inside every avocado can block just about everything that makes up metabolic syndrome.
That’s the condition marked by so much excess weight around the middle that you start to look like an avocado yourself. Screwy levels of blood fats and rising blood sugar and blood pressure complete this ugly picture.
But eat more avocados, and your liver and pancreas will be able to better regulate fats in the blood, leading to higher levels of HDL “good” cholesterol, lower LDL, and fewer of those deadly triglycerides.
Avocados can also help slash your blood pressure levels… stop your arteries from turning stiffer than a stale nacho… and even help with blood sugar control, according to the study in the journal Phytotherapy Research.
Put it all together, and that can lead to a dramatically lower risk of metabolic syndrome. And that, in turn, means you can dodge everything else that comes along with it: diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and an early death.
And even though avocados are dense in both calories and fat, the folks who eat them regularly usually weigh LESS than people who don’t eat them.
The researchers concluded that avocado has “lipid-lowering, antihypertensive, antidiabetic, anti-obesity, antithrombotic, antiatherosclerotic, and cardioprotective effects.”
So, basically, they’re saying it does EVERYTHING!
Of course, there IS a big downside: If you really want good health, you can’t eat that guac the way most folks do.
Pass on the chips, because eating corn deep-fried in vegetable slime will wreck your metabolism, not protect it.
There are about a hundred other ways to use avocado, including the traditional method use to celebrate Cinco de Mayo here at Harrison House: Scooped out raw and plopped on the plate right next to a sizzling steak with a little lime squeezed over both.
Margaritas are optional… but highly recommended.