Originally posted on Steven Waddell’s Holistic Living Site
When it comes to making healthy dietary choices, fruits are a must! You can’t do without them. Speaking of fruits, the avocado is one of the many fruits that is commonly included in healthy diet plans, and this is often surprising for people because a majority consider it to be fatty. Well, it may be fatty but that doesn’t mean that it’s bad for health.
Avocado- Nutritional Powerhouse
This fruit is not just creamy and rich in taste but it is also a nutritional powerhouse providing numerous potential health benefits. Here is a nutritional breakdown of avocado’s health benefits:
- Good Fats
Fats account around 1/3 of the calorie count of an avocado and most of it is in the form of monounsaturated fat. Monounsaturated fats are good fats. It helps reduce levels of bad cholesterol in your blood and also helps lower the risk of stroke and heart disease.
Avocado is an excellent source of potassium. In fact, you’ll be surprised to know that it contain more potassium per weight than bananas.
- Rich Source of Vitamins
It is rich in vitamins. Including vitamins like vitamin K, B, C and E. By including avocados in your diet you can easily overcome your vitamin and mineral deficiency over time.
- Dietary fiber
A medium size avocado contains approximately 11 grams of fiber. This is close to half of the daily requirement of the body recommended by nutritionists. Dietary fiber helps improve digestion and promotes healthy digestive system.
- Promote Healthy Body Weight and BMI
Avocado consumption is associated with better diet quality and nutrient intake. It is also known to lower the risk of metabolic syndrome in adults. Studies show that people who eat avocados are more likely to have a lower body weight, BMI and waist circumference.
- Help Prevent Cancer
This fruit is rich in phytochemicals. Phytochemicals help prevent development of certain cancers in the body. An avocado rich diet can also prevent cancer.
- Reduces the Risk of Diabetes and Coronary Artery Diseases
Studies published in the Nutrition Journal show by including avocados in your diet you can easily reduce the risk of diabetes and coronary artery diseases.
- Boosts Nutrient Absorption
By adding avocado to your meals you can easily boost your body’s absorption of powerful anti-aging and disease fighting compounds called carotenoids. According to a study conducted by Ohio State University avocado with salsa can help you absorb nearly 4.5 times more lycopene. It also shows that avocado helps your body to maximize the nutrients you get from the food you eat. It also boosts the conversion of beta carotene to vitamin A by almost 500%.
In addition to this by getting more antioxidants in your diet from more efficient absorption and conversion you can enjoy greater free radical protection.
So, if you’ve decided to eat right and follow a healthy dietary plan, do include avocados in your meals. Not only will it help you maintain your health but it will do wonders for your confidence as a result too.