Avocados are soft, rich in texture, and are highly nutritious, containing over 20 vitamins and minerals. A serving of avocado can contain Vitamin K, folate, magnesium and copper. One of the many reasons why people eat avocados is because they contain 160 calories and 15 grams of healthy fats. They are said to be low in carbs, while also being sodium and cholesterol-free. Here are some benefits of eating avocados regularly:
They contain more potassium than bananas: Avocados have a 14% recommended daily intake of potassium, bananas only have 10%. Foods that are high in potassium regulate blood pressure, which may help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
Great for Vision: Avocados contain lutein and zeaxanthin which are chemicals concentrated in the tissues of the eyes, and protect against ultraviolet light. They also contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant-rich in Vitamin A that promotes eye health and good vision.
They are high in fiber: Eating foods high in fiber helps with digestion and relieves constipation. Each half of an avocado contains about 6-7 grams of fiber. According to the Department of Internal Medicine and Nutritional Sciences Program of the University of Kentucky, high fiber foods are associated with significantly lower risks of developing hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and certain gastrointestinal diseases.
Avocados promote bone health: Because they are so rich in Vitamin K and E, eating them frequently can increase calcium absorption and contains anti-inflammatory effects. Because of these vitamins, it can help with osteoarthritis and the swelling of the joints and bones. A 2010 review published in the journal of Physician and Sports Medicine found that these vitamins in avocados can help patients with arthritis of the hip or knee.
Avocado consumers tend to be healthier: According to a study published in the Nutritional Journal, people who ate avocados regularly had lower weight, lower BMI’s and high levels of good cholesterol (LDL). Adults also have a lower Metabolic Syndrome risk when they incorporate avocados in their meals.
The next time you want to have a fruit that is not an apple or an orange, try an avocado. Even guacamole counts!