Health Benefits of Avocado
Looks like a pear, tastes like butter. This fruit, with skin distinctively resembling an alligators back, has been called a “super fruit” by several experts, but why?
It’s not that big, but an avocado contains literally everything a person needs to survive. Cholesterol-free, high in fiber and with a contents of about 20 essential nutrients, I can kind of see where they’re coming from. By eating this fruit you will be getting, among other things, a dose of omega-3, vitamins E, C, D, A, K and B, fiber, folic acid and potassium. I guess you can forget about supplements for now.
Avocados and Health
But avocados won’t only allow you to survive and function; they will also make you healthier.
Foods, with contents like this, will ensure you have “a brilliant brain, healthy heart and eagle eyes”, meaning less risks of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cancer, heart diseases and many others.
The carotenoids in avocados are proven to prevent eye diseases and benefit your sight. Carotenoids themselves, when in your bloodstream, also aid the absorption of other nutrients you consume. So adding avocado into your salad will ensure you will get the best out of all its components.
Because of their quite high fat content, avocados will leave you feeling full for longer without actually making you fatter. The fat in avocados is considered the “good” kind of fat. Avocados are also a source of natural fiber that will help your digestive system run smoothly, which is essential for those that want to loose weight.
Avocados will even protect you and your unborn baby. Studies have shown that avocados contain a high amount of folic acid – a nutrient essential for your baby to be born healthy and develop well. The same nutrient is responsible for our heart health so if you have a family history of heart problems, if you smoke or have excessive weight – avocados should most certainly be included in your diet.
Where to Put Your Avocado
First of all, you have to know how to peel it properly. Most of the nutrients of an avocado are located right underneath its skin layer, so you have to be very careful not to damage them. In order to peel an avocado, cut it in half, avoiding the seed. Then, twist both halves away from each other to dislocate the seed. Cut each of the remaining halves lengthwise and remove the skin from each of them, using your index finger and thumb. Easy.
Mostly, avocados are consumed raw the same way you’d receive the benefits of juicing. You can add it to a salad or mash it up and put into your sandwich. But you could also use an avocado as a substitute to butter during baking, for example. It has less unhealthy protein and carbohydrates than ordinary butter so is a much healthier option (you literally won’t taste the difference though).
The only thing you should be cautious about is that avocados have quite a high fat content, meaning a lot of calories. Not something you’d want, especially if you’re trying to control your weight unless you’re enjoying benefits of yoga. However, recent nutrition studies have shown that the fat in avocados is, in fact, monounsaturated – the “good” kind of fat that actually lowers cholesterol levels. It’s up to you to decide whether or not you will be cautious with this fruit or not. At the end of the day, the amount of benefits received from eating an avocado seriously outshines its (possibly) high calorie content.