Avocados, the heavenly fruit of the gods!
The health benefits of avocados are astounding, especially when we consider that just a few short decades ago people thought avocados were downright sinful.
Avocado is one of the few fruits high in fats and low in carbohydrates, but the truth is eating fat doesn’t make you fat. Many studies prove just how healthy an avocado a day can be, and trust me, you’ll become an avocado addict after reading what they can do.
There are many different strings of avocados, but the main 2 varieties include the Hass, which is from California, and the Florida variety. The Hass avocado has a darker, rougher skin that feels pebbly, and the Florida one is smoother, larger and has a lighter green skin.
Both are extremely healthy, so pick up either and try which one you think tastes better.
There’s a reason why the Mayan’s thought this fruit was so powerful! Take a look for yourself.
5 Reasons to Eat Avocado
1. It is Bursting with Nutrients
In a single avocado, you’ll be getting a good dose of your daily Vitamins C, E, K, and B vitamins.
It also contains folate, potassium (more than even a banana!) and a small amount of iron and magnesium. You’ll be packing in the nutrients with only 160 calories and 2 grams of protein. Did I mention it’s also high in fiber?
With 3.5 ounces of avocado, you’ll be getting 7 grams of fiber. That’s 27% of your daily recommended serving.
2. Increases Nutrients Intake
Not only do avocados give you a bunch of nutrients, it also can increase your body’s absorption of carotenoids. This is an antioxidant that turns into vitamin A in the body. It is one of the few fruits that are rich in magnesium—one of the most important nutrients that most people are lacking.
3. Avocados Contain Fatty Goodness
No, not Homer Simpson fatty goodness, but actual good fats!
Avocados are a great source of monounsaturated fatty acids, which has been known to reduce inflammation and have positive effects on treating cancer.
It’s even proven to be a heart healthy fat and is one of the main reasons olive oil is seen as so beneficial. So it’s about time we start thinking as highly of avocados as we do of olive oil.
4. It Can Lower Cholesterol
High cholesterol is one of the top risk factors for heart disease and stroke in America.
Several studies have shown that avocados can actually reduce cholesterol levels by a significant amount. It also reduces up to 20% of blood trigycerides and lowers LDL cholesterol by almost 22% while increase the good cholesterol, HDL, by 11%.
5. It Will Shred the Pounds
A recent study conducted in 2013 and published in the Nutrition Journal has proven that people who eat avocados are 23% more satisfied after eating.
28% of people even had a lower desire to eat over the next 5 hours.
This means you could potentially reduce your calorie intake naturally, simply by eating an avocado!
Since they are high in fiber and low in carbs, they work great in any diet plan and can be made into weight loss meal.