Health Benefits 101: AVOCADO

If you’re going to ask me among all the fruits there are, which among them is my favorite? I would definitely answer avocado! Ever since I was young, my mom would always prepare avocado to me as a snack. She would mix it with milk, sugar, and a little bit of ice – and voila! A very creamy and delicious snack! Growing up, I did not know of the many health benefits of this fruit. I just grew up liking them because of the delicious creamy taste of it. Now that I’m fully conscious of my health – of course as part of growing up – I’m always researching of the many benefits a fruit would give to my body. And so I’ve came across different articles and researches regarding the health benefits of this amazing fruit.

Let’s Learn more about Avocado!

Avocados come in hundreds of different varieties. And the tree is a member of the flowering plant family, Lauraceae. The fruit itself is typically characterized by a dark outer peel with smooth green flesh inside and a large pit in the middle. It has a mild taste and creamy texture that works well in many different dishes and recipes. These days, the avocado has become an incredibly popular food among health-conscious individuals. It’s often referred to as a superfood, which is not surprising given its health properties.

One study out this year found that regular avocado eaters have higher intakes of fiber, vitamins E and K, magnesium and potassium. Avocados are very nutritious and contain a wide variety of nutrients, including 20 different vitamins and minerals.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF AVOCADO

AVOCADOS are good for your heart

They contain 25 milligrams per ounce of a natural plant sterol called beta-sitosterol. Early research now shows that avocados in particular can also help lower “bad” cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure.

AVOCADOS can strengthen your bones

The levels of essential minerals in avocados are significant, including zinc, phosphorous, copper, with trace amounts of calcium and selenium. All of these minerals are connected to lowered risks of osteoporosis and improvements in bone mineral density.

AVOCADOS may aid in weight loss

Avocados are high in fiber and very low in carbs, two attributes that should help promote weight loss. For every 100 grams of avocado, you get about 7 grams of fiber.

AVOCADOS can promote good mood

Avocados are rich in in folate. This Vitamin B could help a person to be less prone to depression. Thus, will promote on giving you a mood of feeling good.

AVOCADOS promote healthy liver function

They can boost synthesis of the body’s most powerful anti-oxidant glutathione to help safeguard you from free radicals. And avocados may be able to lessen the liver damage caused by the hepatitis C virus.

AVOCADOS support eye, skin, and hair health

Rich in fat-soluble vitamins and monounsaturated fats, avocado benefits also include glowing skin, bright eyes and shiny hair both when eaten or used topically.

AVOCADOS are extremely nutritious

Avocados do not contain any cholesterol or sodium and are low in saturated fat. This is why they are favored by some experts who believe these substances are harmful. Avocados are a great source of vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and potassium. They also provide lutein, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids.

ADDITIONAL FACTS

Avocados are not only healthy, but they are also extremely delicious and could go with many types of food. You can add them to salads and various recipes or simply scoop them out with a spoon and eat them plain. They have a creamy, rich, fatty texture and blend well with other ingredients. Avocados are also a higher FODMAP food, meaning they contain carbohydrates that may not be digested or absorbed well. In addition with the many benefits of this amazing fruit, below is a photo of the nutritional facts of avocado.

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