Did you know that avocados have long been considered an aphrodisiac, to the point that the avocado growers had to campaign in the 19th century against this stigma because many people would not buy them for fear of being considered un-chaste? Today, the fear is that avocados are fattening because of their high calorie and high fat levels compared to other fruits.
While it’s true that avocados are very calorie dense (around 300 calories per fruit), there are some amazing health benefits to eating them! Most of the fats contained in avocados are mono-unsaturated fats, which have been shown to lower LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol, meaning they improve your overall cholesterol profile. Monounsaturated fats are also used by the body for slow burning energy versus fat storage, so they can actually assist in weight loss.
Avocados contain over 20 vitamins and minerals, as well as several other beneficial compounds.
- They are very high in vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E, and several of the B vitamins.
- Avocados contain almost double the amount of potassium compared to a banana! Potassium is important in terms of fluid balance in our bodies; it therefore helps regulate our heart rate and blood pressure by counteracting the effects of sodium.
- Contain high levels of folate, which is very important for pregnant women because of its protective effect against birth defects. It has also recently been shown to reduce your risk for stroke.
- High in Fiber (11 grams for a medium fruit!), which helps lower cholesterol and prevent constipation.
- High in tannins, which have anti-inflammatory properties.
Avocados will also help protect your skin!
- They are FULL of antioxidants and carotenoids, which protect against wrinkles and aging. Remember that antioxidants are better absorbed in the presence of mono-unsaturated fats. So to increase the benefits, add avocados to your salad!
- Vitamin E protects your skin against sun damage.
- Omega-9’s, can help with your complexion because they are involved in repairing damaged skin cells, reducing redness and irritation.
Additionally, avocados are one of the safest fruits as well in terms of pesticide exposure. Their thick skins prevent the pesticides from being absorbed into the fruit.
Try adding avocados to your eggs in the morning, putting them on a salad, or using them instead of meat in a sandwich. The health benefits are worth it!
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