Avocados are one the trendiest foods among health-conscious people. For good reason.
Years ago, they were considered fattening. But then researchers discovered that they actually help you lose weight.
Studies have also found that they lower inflammation, protect against heart disease, and lower your risk for cancer.
Now, new research shows that avocados have another important benefit: They make you smarter.
Professor Naiman Khan led the study and published it in the International Journal of Psychophysiology. He said that previous research has found that people “with overweight and obesity are at higher risk of cognitive decline and dementia” as they age.
His study was aimed at seeing whether certain foods could address the problem.
The researchers recruited 84 overweight or obese adults. They gave them daily meals for 12 weeks. Half the subjects got an avocado with their food. The other half didn’t. Other than that, the meals were identical.
The scientists gave the subjects cognitive tests at the beginning and end of the study.
The researchers found that people who ate avocados improved their ability to focus on a task and ignore distractions. People who didn’t eat avocados did not improve.
Professor Khan notes that avocados are “high in fiber and monounsaturated fats.” He thinks these and other nutrients in avocados “have a specific action in the brain” that supports the ability to concentrate and perform tasks.
Here’s a tasty, healthy, and easy-to-prepare avocado dish.
Avocado, Rice, and Corn Salad Recipe
- 1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and sliced
- 3 cups cooked brown rice
- 1 cup corn, or kernels cut from 2 ears
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1 finely chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon brown rice vinegar
- 4 large leaves of Bibb lettuce
Mash the sliced avocado into the cooked rice. Add corn, onion, and almonds. Mix the oil, vinegar, lemon juice, and soy sauce together. Pour over the salad. Toss and refrigerate. Serve chilled over lettuce. Serves 4.
Avocados are a delicious way to gain mental sharpness while supporting your overall health.
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