Is avocado healthy? Yes it is! Love them or hate them, the avocado is certainly one of the best fruits you can eat for your health. Being so versatile, you can use it in a range of sweet and savory dishes, including my simple Avocado and tomato on toast. This list is not exhaustive, but just a mere taste of the benefits.
1. It is highly nutritious
The avocado is one of natures extraordinary gifts. It is packed with vitamins and minerals essential for the body to function optimally. It includes vitamin K (26%), folate (20%), vitamin C (17%), Potassium (14%), vitamin B5 (14%), vitamin B6 (13%), vitamin E (10%) and Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin) are found in smaller amounts.
2. An avocado a day keeps the optician away
The old adage tells us that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but no-one ever told you that by having an avocado a day, you are effectively protecting your eye health, thus your eyesight. Many studies have shown that the high levels of antioxidants (Lutein and Zeaxanthin) found in avocados assist in the prevention of macular degeneration and cataracts. Who needs an optician when you have an avocado.
3. Trim your waist with avocado
Fats are not necessarily our enemies when it comes to weight loss, it just depends on what kinds of fats you are choosing to eat. Avocado is high in monounsaturated fat which is actually a very healthy form of fat, but it doesn’t stop there…it contains mainly oleic acid which is an important essential fatty acid. Oleic acid has been cited to reduce inflammation and assist in cancer prevention. Others sources of monounsaturated fats include olive oil, safflower and peanut. Avocado is also high in fibre and low in carbohydrates, essential for weight loss.
Studies have shown that those who eat avocados remain fuller for longer, thus are less prone to bingeing on other foods later in the day and consuming less calories.
4. More potassium than bananas
Yes you read that right, but do you know what this means? It is an essential mineral which helps our bodies to lower blood pressure which is a huge risk factor for kidney failure, heart attacks and strokes. In spite of the banana being so popular most people do not get enough of potassium in their diets. Perhaps try avocado instead.
5. Cook with it
Cooking with oils with low smoking points results in your oil transforming into what we call trans fats, but avocado oil has a higher smoking point than many other oils. Using avocado oil to cook with prevents us from ingesting these trans fats and keeping our bodies leaner and stronger.
6. Fiber galore
Fiber is found in abundance within avocado. There are two forms of fiber, soluble and insoluble. The difference between the two is that soluble is digested by the body, feeding the gut flora whereas the insoluble is passed through the body undigested.
In every 100g of avocado there is 7g of soluble fibre (27% of our daily requirements) and 25% of the overall fibre within avocado being soluble.
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