The avocado is one of nature’s many perfect foods.
Here’s the top 8 health benefits of avocado.
What Makes The Avocado So Miraculous? Read on …
Avocados are usually overlooked due to their high calorie count. One avocado is over 300 calories. However, the high calorie count can be quite deceptive. You see, one avocado can provide you with 54% of the recommended daily value of fiber, and it is this high amount of fiber that makes this fruit a fat burning machine.
However, fiber isn’t all you can get from an avocado. In fact, it is often called the alphabet fruit because it contains so many different vitamins. Inside of just one avocado, you will get a dose of vitamins, A, B6, C, E, and K. That means with every bite you will be getting a ton of nourishment for your body.
Other vitamins found in the miraculous avocado include niacin, pantothenic acid, folate, and riboflavin. As far as nutrition facts go, you should also pay attention to the amount of potassium contained in an avocado. One avocado has close to 1000 mg of potassium.
Please know the dark green outer skin is NOT edible. Nor is the pit in the center. Always cut the avocado in half and remove the seed before you eat it. Either you can scoop the avocado out with your favorite chip, or you can slice it up and put it on a sandwich. How you eat it, is totally up to you.
Just A Few Of The Many Nutrition & Health Benefits Associated With The Avocado
Avocados contain a whopping 23% of the recommended daily value of folate. Studies have shown that individuals who eat a diet rich in folate can reduce their risk of heart disease. The vitamin E found in the avocado has also been linked to heart health.
Benefit #2 – Fend off Oral Cancer
There are certain compounds found in avocados that have the ability to not only seek out pre-cancerous and cancerous oral cancer cells, but destroy them as well. The best part is they do this without harming any of the healthy cells.
Benefit #3 – Keep Your Eyes Healthy
Of all the commonly consumed fruits, avocados have more carotenoid lutein than any other does. Lutein can help guard against cataracts and degeneration. Both of which are age related eye diseases.
Benefit #4 – Protect Against Breast Cancer
Avocado is very similar to olive oil in that it is high in oleic acid. According to numerous studies, oleic acid can help prevent breast cancer.
Benefit #5 – Can Lower Cholesterol
Beta sitosterol is a compound that can help lower one’s cholesterol levels. Avocados contain quite a bit of this compound. A study done on 45 volunteers showed those who ate avocados for just one week had a 17% drop in their cholesterol levels.
Benefit #6 – Can Prevent Stroke
This is yet another benefit that is attributed to the high levels of folate found in avocados. Those who consume a diet rich in folate are less likely to suffer from a stroke than those who don’t.
Benefit #7 – Can Improve Nutrient Absorption
Some nutrients are better absorbed when they are eaten with avocado, according to research that has been done on this very topic. In one study, participants where fed either a salad that contained avocados or one that did not. Those who ate the salad that contained avocados were able to better absorb carotenoids. They were also able to absorb five times more than those who didn’t have avocados on their salad.
These are just a few of the many benefits associated with a diet that includes avocado on a regular basis. It can also help with diabetes, aging, and weight loss.
Benefit #8 – Vitamin E Powerhouse
If you have a vitamin E deficiency, start eating avocados. This vitamin E powerhouse can provide you with plenty of this very essential vitamin. Vitamin E not only protects against certain diseases, but it can also help you maintain your overall health.
With all the health benefits avocados can provide, it’s time we all start incorporating it into our diets. Since avocados are high in calories, it is recommended to eat ½ of one daily, if you workout regularly you may be able to have more.
Fresh guacamole is a great dish. How To: simply mash up avocado with chunks of tomato, onions, a little crushed garlic, salt and a splash of fresh lemon juice. Let it sit in the fridge to absorb flavors.
If you use garlic fresh from the clove you will gain the added benefit of the anthocyanins it contains (only active in fresh raw garlic) that benefit heart health. Skip the tortilla chips and use cucumber, celery, or carrot sticks for dipping or just eat the guacamole on its own.
To spice things up a bit consider looking up a few different recipes online. Some simple recipes you can try include corn and avocado salsa, tango cucumber and avocado salad, avocado, lettuce and tomato sandwich, and of course, the guacamole.
Dr. Mercola’s Summary Of Avocado Uses and Health Benefits
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