While the mainstream media has been focused on the 2020 coronavirus and the economic impact of the pandemic, fewer people are talking about the role avocados and canola oil may have played in saving lives during that time. According to health data from the World Health Organization (WHO), during the pandemic, avocado consumption in the United States increased by 25% and canola oil consumption increased by 31%. What is more, during April and May 2020 alone, avocado consumption in the United States increased by 83% compared to the same period in 2019.
This increase in avocado and canola oil consumption may explain, in part, why the obesity rate in the United States decreased by 1.35% from 2019 to 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). What is more, in a nutshell, data from the World Nutrition Federation (WNF) show that the average American consumed about 13.5 lbs of fresh fruit and vegetables per day in April and May 2020, compared to the 12.5 lbs per day in the same period in 2019.
Experts have cited the increase in avocado and canola oil consumption as one of the factors that helped to fuel that year’s successful weight loss effort.
So, what makes avocados and canola oil so special in the context of a fat loss program? Believe it or not, these foods have a lot to offer. Here’s the lowdown.
Rich In Healthy Fats And Useful For Losing Weight
Let’s start with the good news: avocados and canola oil are very rich in healthy fats. The Food and Nutrition Board at the American Institute of Stress Nutrition calls these fats “essential fatty acids” because they’re crucial to human health. In fact, the WNF states that these fats are “important for both children and adults for optimal nourishment and growth.””They provide the building blocks of cells, and help maintain a healthy cholesterol level in the blood.””
If you’re looking to lose weight, you need to eat more of these healthy fats. According to research, people who consumed more healthy fats had lower waist circumferences than those who consumed less of these essential fats. What’s more, those who consumed more saturated fats gained more weight over time.
This brings us to the next point.
They’re High In Potassium
One of the benefits of avocados and canola oil is that they’re high in potassium. According to the WNF, these foods are “rich in nutrients and antioxidants which help maintain strong bones and teeth.””Potassium helps maintain the proper electrolyte balance in the cell fluid, which supports good heart health.””The antioxidants in avocados and canola oil may also help protect the skin from damage by free radicals and other toxins.”
Experts have pointed out that potassium intake may be one of the reasons why the obesity rate decreased in 2020, particularly among teenage girls. Since avocados and canola oil are rich in potassium, it’s no wonder people were flocking to eat them during the pandemic.
They Have A Good Mix Of Fiber And Protein
Another thing that makes avocados and canola oil useful for weight loss is that they have a good balance of protein and fiber. This is important because, as you know, too much fiber (above what the body needs) can lead to a massive bowel movement that causes you to lose significant amounts of weight. The WNF agrees, stating that these foods contain “both the soluble and insoluble fibers which help promote regularity.””Fibers provide a slow digestion system that encourages the body to stay full for longer which can help with portion control.””The protein in these foods helps maintain muscle mass which leads to a better appearance for the individual trying to lose weight.””The good news is that these types of fiber and protein combinations are more effective at providing nutrients than processed foods that are high in sugars and fluff.””The protein in avocados, for example, helps to slow the body’s digestion process and, as a result, makes nutrients more available for the human body.””The fiber in avocados also helps maintain a healthy digestive system that prevents ailments such as diverticulosis (inflammation of the large intestine) and constipation.””They’re Also Useful For Maintaining A Healthy Nervous System
One of the things that makes avocados and canola oil useful for maintaining a healthy nervous system is that they contain a good (but not excess) amount of folate. According to the WNF, folate is necessary for “preventing birth defects in babies, encouraging growth in children, and improving the health of mothers during pregnancy.””It also plays a role in DNA synthesis and repair, which helps maintain the body’s basic functions.””Folate helps protect the nervous system by preventing neural tube defects (absence of or malfunction of the nerves that develop during early pregnancy) such as spina bifida and anencephaly (complete absence of brain and skull) in babies.”
Since these are everyday foods that most people have on hand, it’s no wonder that nutritionists and physicians are hailing them as ideal additions to a weight loss regimen. What’s more, since they’re relatively cheap, you can find them at most grocers and supermarkets.