Avocado: Benefits

Avocado: Benefits

Avocado is the only fruit that provides a substantial amount of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids?

They are a naturally nutrient-dense food and contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals.

1. Avocados are nutrient rich

Research shows that avocados are a great source of vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and potassium. They also provide lutein, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids.

2. They are healthy for the heart

Avocados contain 25 milligrams per ounce of a natural plant sterol called beta-sitosterol. Regular consumption of beta-sitosterol and other plant sterols has been seen to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

3. Eating Avocado May Help You Lose Weight

Losing weight has become a priority in the current generation. Gone are the days when weight was associated with wealthy and social status. Well, there is some evidence that avocados are a weight loss friendly food.

In one study, people eating avocado with a meal felt 23% more satisfied and had a 28% lower desire to eat over the next 5 hours, compared to people who did not consume this fruit.

4. Great for vision

Not only do avocados increase antioxidant absorption from other foods, but also high in antioxidants themselves.
This includes the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which are incredibly important for eye health.

5. Avocado May Help Prevent Cancer

Adequate intake of folate from food has shown promise in protecting against colon, stomach, pancreatic, and cervical cancers. Although the mechanism behind this apparent reduction in risk is currently unknown, researchers believe that folate protects against undesirable mutations in DNA and RNA during cell division.
It is reported that eating a diet that contains plenty of fruits; and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions.
Numerous studies have found that a predominantly plant-based diet that includes foods such as avocados can help to decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease; depression and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, and overall lower weight.

About The Author

Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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