In the News: Avocado Seed Husk May Have Disease-Fighting Potential, Peanut Butter Is Not as Unhealthy as It Seems, Breakfast Feasting May Be Beneficial

Avocado seed husk may have disease-fighting potential. While it’s common knowledge that avocados are full of healthy fats and provide tons of health benefits, it turns out the husk of the seed may be good for you too. According to recent research, the husk is made up of chemical compounds that may fight heart disease, certain viruses, and potentially cancer as well. This new finding suggests that you should not discard the seed and husk, since these parts may carry the most nutritional benefits. Some of the ingredients found in the seed husk oil include an alcohol that is used in antiviral medication, an acid that raises good cholesterol, and heptacosane that may be able to kill tumors. Want to add more avocado to your diet? Try these recipes. (MNT)

Peanut butter is not as unhealthy as it seems. For a long time, full-fat foods, eggs, and peanut butter have had a bad reputation, which many experts suggesting that they may cause weight gain and other health issues. As it turns out, these foods are okay to eat, as long as you consume them in moderation. Eggs are a great source of protein and vitamins, full-fat products can increase satiety and positively impact gut bacteria, coffee may lower the risk of degenerative diseases, and peanut butter can provide healthy fatty acids and protein. Want to find new ways to eat peanut butter? Try these 25 tips. (ABC)

Breakfast feasting may be beneficial to your health. While many of us prefer to snack on something small for breakfast, eat a moderate size meal for lunch, and a big meal for dinner, it may turn out that doing the opposite is actually better for you. After reviewing 50,000 adults over the course of seven years, scientists have found that front-loading our calories may significantly aid in weight control. The American Heart Association has also backed this theory, stating that timing meals can prevent heart disease, elevated blood pressure, and high cholesterol. In fact, skipping breakfast altogether can raise your risk of diabetes and obesity, making it extra important to have a healthy and filling breakfast, instead of surviving on coffee or eating a donut on the go. Want some culinary inspiration? Give these 20 breakfasts a go. (NYT)