Avocado is one of the most unique members of the fruit family. While most fruits are a source of carbohydrates, avocado has been found to contain high quantity of healthy fats. Many studies done on avocado have proven it to have powerful and beneficial effects on our health. Hence, avocado seems to have had a tremendous increase in its popularity the world over. One of the recent examples is when there was a nationwide shortage of avocado in Australia, at the beginning of 2016, due to the very high demand.
Still, there are many out there who associate this fruit to terms such as “fattening food” and worry about whether to include them in their diet. Apparently, The Slimming World has avocados on a ‘sin list’ of foods! I am here today to break such myths and let you know why the avocado is not only a great tasting food, but also a great source of nutrients, with many health benefits. So, here are the top 10 reasons why you should consider including avocados in your daily diet:
- Avocados are super nutritious, offering about 20 different kinds of minerals and vitamins, including vitamin K, vitamin C, folic acid, potassium, vitamin B5 and vitamin E.
- Avocados contain lots of potassium. In fact, they even supersede bananas in this area. Want to reduce blood pressure (a major risk factor in heart attacks and stokes)? Then, avocados are your best friends!
- Avocados are loaded with mono-unsaturated heart-healthy fatty acids, so much so that about 77% of the total calories in them come from fat. How is it good? Healthy fat helps to keep you fuller for longer. It slows down the breakdown of carbohydrates into sugar, contributing to balancing blood sugar levels. Most of the fat in avocados is nothing but oleic acid, which is also the major component in olive oil.
- Avocados are a great source of fiber – both soluble and insoluble fiber. Whilst soluble fiber helps lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels, insoluble fiber helps to move food through the digestive system, which helps avoid constipation and aids daily excretion of toxins.
- Avocados can lower your triglyceride and cholesterol levels.
- Avocados are good for your eyes as well, since they come packed with powerful antioxidants that protect the eyes. Two of the most prominent of antioxidants found in avocados are zeaxanthin and lutein. Both have been found to help minimize damage and health.
- Avocados may even help prevent the effects of cancer, especially the side effects of chemotherapy. The extract of avocado has also been found to inhibit the growth of cells that cause prostate cancer.
- Avocados can help provide some relief from arthritis. Many studies have been done using soybean oil and the extracts of avocado and they all gave positive results in reducing the symptoms of osteoarthritis, the arthritis of the bones.
- Avocados are weight loss friendly as people who incorporate them into their diet seem to feel fuller for longer and have a lower desire to eat over the next 5 hours.
- They are super delicious and easy to include in all sort of meals, from smoothies, salsas, salad, salad dressings to sandwich fillers, raw cakes and simply baked in the oven. So, there you have it. You now have all the reasons why you should seriously consider making avocados a regular part of your diet.