Avocado is, without any doubts, one of the most favorite fruits in the world. Most fruit consists primarily of carbohydrate, while avocado is high in healthy fats. But, it tastes so good you will probably think that is not so good for you and your health. Numerous studies show that it has powerful beneficial effects on health.
You should also know that people who eat avocados are healthier and with higher nutrient intake. They even have lower body mass index than those who don’t eat avocados. Recent studies have proved that. However, this delicious fruit can offer a lot of healthy benefits, but we are going to mention just 20 of them:
Source of Healthy Fats
Even though avocados contain high amount of fats, that actually is a good thing. Avocados contain the “good” fats, including the monosaturated fat. The monosaturated fat can help you lower the risk of heart attack or stroke, along with the levels of bad cholesterol in your blood.
Recent studies have shown that avocados can actually help you with losing weight. According to the study that was published in the Nutrition Journal, eating half an avocado for lunch can help overweighed people to feel full for a longer period of time after the lunch. People who participated in this study reported 40% less desire to eat over a 3 hour period after the meal, and a 28% less desire over a 5 hour period after the meal. And another good thing is that these participants had less desire to snack and were fuller after the meal.
Control Blood Pressure
This delicious fruit is also a great natural source of potassium. It contains more than 28% of the recommended daily potassium intake in just one avocado. But, you should be careful. Because avocados are fruits high in fat, you should balance your food intake in other areas to balance your diet. The AHA (American Heart Association) says that foods high in potassium are very important for a healthy heart, because of the potassium’s ability to reduce the effects of sodium in the body and regulates the blood pressure.
Lower Cholesterol Levels
A recent study has shown that consumption of avocado can help you lower your cholesterol levels. Numbers in the recent statistics show that one in three American adults has high cholesterol issues, with higher risk of getting a heart attack. But, there are a lot of different natural ways to lower the bad cholesterol levels. Avocados can lower triglycerides in your blood, reduce the total cholesterol and lower LDL while increasing the HDL cholesterol.
High in Nutrients
Avocados are also a great source of healthy nutrients and contain more than 20 vitamins and minerals in each serving. One fruit of avocado contains (Recommended Daily Values):
- 33% Vitamin C
- 26% Vitamin B6
- 21% Vitamin E
- 28% Pantothenic Acid
- 19% Copper
- 28% Potassium
- 53% Vitamin K
- 41% Folate