If you haven’t found enough reasons to eat avocados more often, this article will definitely make you fall in love with this nutrient-packed bomb.
Avocados offer an array of health benefits, but let’s just go through the most important.
- Nutrient bomb
Avocados contain 20 vitamins and minerals, and one avocado will actually satisfy your daily needs for some nutrients:
- 53% Vitamin K
- 41% Folate
- 33% Vitamin C
- 28% Potassium
- 26% Vitamin B6
- 21% Vitamin E
- 19% Copper
(These values go for the recommended daily intake of nutrients)
If this didn’t impress you, just keep reading.
- Healthy fats
Avocados aren’t fattening! They contain monounsaturated fats, and your body needs these to lower bad cholesterol levels.
- Weight management
Studies have found that avocados keep you full for longer, so you won’t have to snack anything between your meals.
If you can’t keep your hands away from that bag of chips, just add avocado to your next dish.
Latest statistics suggests that over 40% of all Americans will deal with diabetes at any point in their lives, and that’s pretty scary. Try to prevent this, and keep your blood sugar level under control.
A group of scientists came with an excellent idea. They conducted a study in which participants were asked to eat avocados with their meals. The control group didn’t have any avocado. So, participants who ate avocados didn’t show an increase in their blood sugar level. In other words, you can avoid blood sugar spikes by adding an avocado to your meal.
Avocados raise good cholesterol, and lower the bad one. Eat avocados more often, and you arteries will work without any obstructions. Clean your arteries, and your heart will thank you. This will also reduce your risk of developing heart disease.
Chronic inflammation creates perfect conditions for the development of asthma, allergies, arthritis, and heart disease.
Oleic acid reduces inflammation, as confirmed by studies. Yes, avocados are super packed with it. Prevent artery damages by adding an avocado to your menu. This will reduce any damage and plaque deposits.
Avocado extract soothes pain due to its anti-inflammatory power. So, next time don’t say ‘no’ to that quacamole delicacy.
- Blood pressure
Sodium-high diet is one of the reasons you may deal with hypertension. Potassium “kills” the effect of sodium in the body, and thus regulates blood pressure. Avocados are rich in this mineral.
- Nutrient absorption
You may eat tons of fruits and veggies, but sometimes it feels like your body can’t absorb any of the good stuff. But, avocados can increase your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from other foods, such as vitamins A, D, E, and K, and antioxidants. Seems great, right?
Lutein and zeaxanthin in avocados prevent/treat macular degeneration. It’s the leading cause of blindness in the US. You can only get these nutrients through diet. Avocados contain a healthy portion of lutein.
- Skin and hair
You amy enjoy buying yourself luxury creams and lotions, but avocados work better than any of these, plus you won’t have to smear anything on your skin. Avocados work from the inside out.
An avocado will give you 20% of your daily intake of vitamin E. this vitamin prevents free radical damage, and keeps your skin/hair smooth and healthy.
Avocados are rich in vitamin K, copper, and folate, which is exactly what you need to strengthen your bones.
Eat an avocado, and you will get about 54% of your recommended daily intake of fiber. Every well-functioning digestive tract needs enough fiber.
If you get sick too often, add avocados to your salad. Avocados contain tons of vitamins B, and these soothe diseases and infections. Vitamins C and E boost immunity. You see, lemons aren’t the only fruit that contains vitamin C.
Folate is of utmost importance for expecting moms. It plays an important role in the development of the neural tube, and baby’s brain, spine and bones will grow from it. Avocados are an excellent source of folate, potassium, and vitamins B6 and C. Vitamin B6 also soothes morning sickness.
Healthy fats boost energy, and keep you going through the day. The good news is that your energy won’t “crush.” Avocados make a nice addition to any carb dish, as they slow down the digestion of carbs, and prevent the “sugar crash.”
- Mood booster
Eat avocados and be happy! Healthy fats in avocados boost dopamine levels and endorphins. So, try to eat an avocado every day.
- Sharp brain
Copper is an excellent brain stimulant, and an avocado will give you 20% of your RDI of this mineral. It’s actually the ultimate food for your brain. Copper will make you creative and innovative.
Make sure you add avocados to your grocery list. There are so many recipes to help you eat avocados more often.