Avocado is one of the favorite fruits not only in the U.S. but also throughout the world. It is very delicious, but it’s also very beneficial for you. This fat-filled fruit is bursting with nutrients and offers a myriad of health benefits.
Is it very well known that, people who eat avocado are generally healthiest, with a much higher nutrient intake and lower Body Mass index than those who don’t, as various studies have shown.
A Source of Healthy Fats
Avocados also contain high content of fats, but they contain ‘good fats’ including monounsaturated fat. Monounsaturated fat can lower the risk of stroke or heart attack along with the levels of bad cholesterol in the blood.
It is amazing that avocados can help you in the weight loss process. Just half an avocado with lunch can help you to feel satisfied and full for longer after eating. Namely, participants in the study reported a 40% less desire to eat over a three hour period, and a 28% less desire over a five hour period after the meal. Moreover, they had less desire to snack and were more satisfied after their meal.
Control Blood Pressure
According to the American Heart Association, thanks to potassium’s ability to reduce the effects of sodium in the body, a diet rich in natural sources of potassium is important for controlling blood pressure.Since avocados are a high fat food, make sure you reduce your fat intake in other areas to balance things out.
Lower Cholesterol Levels
There are many natural ways to lower cholesterol levels, and one of them is with avocados. If you intake avocado regularly, you will reduce total cholesterol levels significantly, lower blood triglycerides, and lower LDL cholesterol (the bad) while increasing good (HDL) cholesterol.
High in Nutrients
It is amazing the fact that, avocados are an incredibly rich source of nutrients and contain almost 20 vitamins and minerals in every serving.
Of your Recommended Daily Values (RDV), one avocado fruit generally has:
- 33% Vitamin C
- 26% Vitamin B6
- 21% Vitamin E
- 28% Pantothenic Acid
- 19% Copper
- 28% Potassium
- 53% Vitamin K
- 41% Folate
Improve Nutrient Absorption
When it comes to vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, it doesn’t matter how much we eat. It really doesn’t!
The way we absorb vitamins, minerals and nutrients is extremely important. Some nutrients are fat soluble, so they need to be combined with fat in order for our bodies to assimilate them. Examples of fat-soluble nutrients include Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Vitamin K, along with certain antioxidants.
If you add half an avocado to a salad of spinach, lettuce and carrots you will absorb the antioxidants alpha-carotene 8.3 times, beta-carotene 13.6 times and lutein 4.3 times better.
Due to avocado’s anti-inflammatory benefits, avocado may even soothe other sorts of inflammatory-related aches and pains too.
Another also great benefit of avocado is, that is contains a good helping of bone-healthy nutrients including Vitamin K, copper and folate. With regular consumption of avocado, you will return the strength of your bones. Mix your avocado with a variety of other fruits and vegetables for best results.
Fiber is an important component of any balanced diet, since it keeps your digestive system running smoothly. Therefore, consume more avocados – one fruit contains 13 grams and that is around 54% of your recommended daily fiber intake!
Important for Expecting Mothers
Avocados are very important for pregnant women, because they are rich in folate, potassium, Vitamin C and Vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 helps the baby’s tissue and brain growth.
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