Avocados, some people hate them, some people love them, but you cannot deny how good they are for you. With the ever-growing number of health-conscious folks out there, some people try and avoid avocados because of their high fat and calorie content (14.1 g of fat and 138 calories) of this fruit. Yes, I said that correctly an avocado is a fruit from the berry group and contains a single seed. The Aztecs referred to this fruit as the “King’s Butter” and I could not have said it better. The rich, buttery taste of avocados adds flavor and texture to almost every meal and they are easy to prepare. Next time you go to the grocery store I want you to keep in mind these five points as to why there should be some avocados in your cart:
Avocados contain all 18 essential amino acids that are needed to make a complete protein. Now you can get more protein from eating a steak but some people have a hard time digesting animal protein. This is not the case with avocados, due to the fiber that can also be found in them it allows for easier digestion of the amino acids in the body. There also some people who try to diversity where they get their protein source and avocados can be a great alternative.
2. Heart Health
Some health experts deem avocados unhealthy because of the of their high fat content but studies have shown that oleic acid, a fatty acid found in avocados, can provide protection against heart disease. Studies have also shown that the oleic acid found in avocados has been shown to lower overall cholesterol levels with a decrease in LDL (bad cholesterol) and raise HDL (good cholesterol) A single avocado also contains 160 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids, so instead of loading up on fish oil, have an avocado and help lower your risk of heart disease.
Avocados are a great source of carotenoids. Every time you consume foods rich in carotenoids, you deliver high quality vitamin A to your body, which aides in protecting eye health. Carotenoids also enhance the functioning of the immune system and promote healthy functioning of the reproductive system. Since carotenoids are also fat soluble, eating avocados optimizes the absorption of these nutrients in the body.
The total package of nutrients that are contained in avocados offers powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. Avocados’ unique combination of Vitamins C and E, carotenoids, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids helps guard against inflammation in the body. This means they along with other foods can be a healthy, natural alternative to NSAIDs.
5. In my opinion, the best one, They Make You Feel Full
In order to keep your digestive system running smoothly your body needs both forms of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Lucky for you half an avocado contains 3.4 g of both forms of fiber. Soluble fiber also slows down the breakdown of carbohydrates which makes you feel fuller longer.
Well there you have it. There are plenty of other benefits to avocados but these are some the more important ones. Avocados can be great with steaks, on eggs, or made into guacamole. So get yourself some of this super food and get creative with it. You are only benefiting yourself.