The Benefits of Avocados

Why should avocados be a part of our daily diet?

Because they have many benefits for our bodies. How about this? Did you know that avocados have more potassium than bananas? Avocados have 708mg vs bananas which have 422mg, and with only 1 gram of sugar vs a banana which has 14 grams, it’s a better food choice to grab. Avocados are also loaded with fiber. 7 grams actually. This is a good benefit to our bodies as it aids in intestinal function (helps you poop the waste out).

They are also high in oleic monounsaturated fat (omega 9 fatty acids)  which lower your LDL (bad cholesterol) and raise your HDL (good cholesterol) which will help prevent heart disease. Oleic acid is also very resistant to high heat-induced oxidation which means it is a great oil to use when cooking so that you can get all of the benefits of the oil.

With 29 grams of healthy fat in one avocado, this can help aid in weight loss by taking a little bit longer to digest and giving you the feeling of satiety so that you don’t feel the need to eat again too soon. And did you know that vitamins A, D, E, and K are “fat-soluble” vitamins which means that they need a fat source to help break them down so the body can utilize them completely? With this higher level of healthy fat, there should be no reason to not get proper breakdown and absorption.

Avocados also do not have any sodium. This can help reduce high blood pressure. For individuals on a restrictive diet to control high blood pressure this should absolutely be a part of the diet.

Avocados are also loaded with over 20 vitamins and minerals which makes it a great food to eat to help get all of the nutrients the body needs to properly function. Avocados also can help increase the antioxidant absorption and increase the nutrient values from plant food sources. Just like in eggs, avocados are high in Lutein and Zeaxanthin. These are antioxidants that help strengthen your eyes and prevent cataracts prevent macular degeneration.

So basically avocados are full of health benefits. Slice them up and put them in your salads, sandwiches, burgers, eat them on the side of a salmon or steak dish.  Or just eat them alone. Enjoy.

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