The Mighty Avocado – Benefits
- Avocados provide 20 essential nutrients including eight of the 13 essential vitamins: vitamins C, E, K and the B vitamins of B-6, folate, thiamine, riboflavin and pantothenic acid. Avocados are also a good source of essential minerals, including potassium and magnesium, without any sodium, contributing to its heart-healthy status.
- Avocados serve as a “nutrient booster” by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit.
- According to the Nutrition Journal, overweight adults who added half an avocado to their lunch decreased their appetite by 40 percent over the next three hours – how’s that for a delicious way to prevent snacking!
- The “good fats” in avocados can help reduce cholesterol levels and decrease risk for heart disease.
- Avocados serve as a good source of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber, with each 1-ounce serving providing 2.11 and 2.7 grams, respectively, as stated in “The Proceedings of Florida State Horticultural Society.” Among other things, foods high in fiber help lower blood cholesterol levels and regulate blood sugar.
- Eating avocados every day, especially when used to replace foods containing saturated and trans fats, also helps reduce bad cholesterol, known as LDL, levels and decrease your risk of heart disease.
- An avocado has more potassium than a banana. A single avocado has 975 milligrams of potassium, while a banana, well-known for being loaded with potassium, delivers just half that, with 487 milligrams per large fruit.
- Avocados are one of the few high protein fruits. One avocado has four grams of high quality protein. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, avocados have 18 of the important amino acids required in the body’s protein building process. Plus, all of that protein is available for the body to use, while some of the protein you might get from meat sources is not.