Avocados are truly fabulous. Dubbed “nature’s butter” by the vegan community and boasting a bounty of nutritional and health benefits for everyone, it’s well worth your while jumping aboard the avocado train if you haven’t already!
Here are 10 reasons to get to know avocados just a little bit more intimately. Incorporate them into your diet, enjoy them, experiment with them, and feel healthier from head to toe.
1. Avocados are packed with nutrients
Avocados are the queens of the “superfoods.” In addition to containing monounsaturated fat (that’s the good one), avocados are packed full of vital stuff. According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, just one-fifth of an avocado contains 64 calories, just 6 grams of fat, 3.4 grams of carbohydrate, less than a gram of sugar, almost 3 grams of fiber, and vitamins C, E, K, and B-6.
Avocados are also a great source of magnesium, potassium, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids, which we all know by now are excellent at preventing and managing heart disease as well as maintaining healthy hair, skin, and nails.
2. Avocados will not, repeat will not, make you fat!
Yes, we know we’ve said the word “fat” a few too many times already, but don’t panic. The monounsaturated fat in avocados will actually help curb hunger. Bio Med Central research indicates that meals that include avocado tend to “increase feelings of satiety for longer than those without.”
Consider adding a few avocado slices to a salad, sandwich, or even a breakfast smoothie to curb your desire for unhealthy snacks throughout the day.
3. They can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
This one is huge. Avocados have numerous positive effects on heart health; they contain low levels of saturated fat, high levels of unsaturated fat, and boast natural antioxidants that can help prevent inflammation. Carotenoids and phenolics help improve circulation, and a diet rich in avocados also minimizes LDL cholesterol levels.
4. More avocados, less cancer?
Avocados contain phytochemicals that experts suggest may reduce the risk of cancer. Specifically, according to Dr. Frank Lipman of Mind Body Green, research indicates that avocados can help with the absorption of carotinoids. Carotinoids are compounds found in orange- and red-colored fruits and vegetables that are known to be anti-carcinogenic.
5. Avocados will protect your delicate skin and eyes
To add to the avocado’s resumé, they also contain lutein and other substances that can help slow the deterioration of sight that naturally happens as we get older. The very same substances work against UV damage to keep your skin supple, smooth, and beautiful.
Also, the fiber in avocados promotes regular bowel movements (it’s related, we promise!), the upshot of which is the effective, daily excretion of toxins. And getting rid of toxins means that you look and feel healthy, both inside and out.
6. High blood pressure? No problem!
According to Medical News Today, avocados are an excellent natural source of potassium. Just one avocado meets 28 percent of your body’s daily potassium requirements. Potassium aids in relaxing the blood vessel walls and helps keep blood pressure under control as part of a wider, healthy regime of good diet and gentle exercise, of course.
7. Amazing avocados help prevent diseases
Avocados help your body to absorb the antioxidants in other vegetables (provided, of course, that you are eating the vegetables too). Additionally, avocados can help your body to absorb the most robust anti-oxidant of all: glutathione. This anti-oxidant helps protect against free radicals, the toxic byproducts of oxygen metabolism that can cause huge damage to living tissue.
8. Avocados are your friend if you are expecting a baby
Folate and folic acid radically help your growing baby to develop; according to research by Power of Positivity, half an avocado provides 10 percent of a pregnant woman’s daily requirement. Vitamins B and C assist in healthy brain development, while antioxidants, monounsaturated fats, and fiber improve breast milk production and the health of the mother after giving birth.
In addition, some expectant moms have even found that avocados help to ease morning sickness.
9. They can even reduce pain
The oleic acid in avocados is an effective anti-inflammatory. A diet rich in avocados could be ideal for a person hoping to relieve, or even prevent, chronic joint inflammation in conditions like arthritis.
10. Eat avocados to keep depression at bay
Potassium and folic acid deficiencies have been linked to depression; therefore, an avocado a day could easily help improve mood and relieve depression if dietary deficiencies are to blame. Not to mention, taking the time to prepare a tasty and nutritious meal for yourself is a positive step toward better self care.
So what are you waiting for? Liven up your diet and boost your health with the sheer bounty of beautiful avocados!