While some consider this awesome food item to be a vegetable, avocado is actually a fruit. Aside from that interesting fact, here are some benefits of avocado that should be compelling enough for you to include it in your diet.
THE TOP BENEFITS OF AVOCADO
Avocados contain more than 20 different nutrients and vitamins. They come in various shapes and sizes, but each one gives you a very healthy dose of the good stuff that will help keep your immune system strong to fight against sickness and disease. Here’s a list of just some of the awesome nutrients in a 100 gram serving of avocado:
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B5 and B6
LOW CARB PARADISE
One hundred grams of avocado contains only 160 very healthy calories. If you’re on a low-carb diet, you’ll love that the 15 grams of healthy fat it contains will add numerous health benefits as well as help curb your appetite and cravings.
The fats found in avocado do not contain any cholesterol, which means it will not have a negative impact on your heart, in fact, quite the contrary. The carb count in that serving is 9 grams; however, it’s mostly made up of fibre. This means you will digest it much more easily and it won’t make you retain water.
Avocados also contain 2 grams of incomplete protein and, well, every little bit counts.
CLOSE TO THE HEART
Diets that contain the healthy fats found in avocados have proven to lower the risk of heart disease and other heart-related conditions. They reduce both cholesterol and blood triglycerides by a significant margin, and this means your heart works better for longer.
ABSORPTION IS KING
Eating healthy is great and important, but if you’re not absorbing the vitamins and nutrients from the food you eat, it makes it all seem kind of pointless, doesn’t it?
Well, luckily for you, the healthy fats in avocados play a vital role in helping your body absorb certain vitamins that are known to be “fat soluble”. These vitamins are vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin K. These four beauties help us in numerous ways; however, in order to be utilised properly, they need to be digested with fat. Good thing for us avocado lovers, this fantastic fruit does the job perfectly.