Almost every day, Squeaker and I share an avocado. And by share, I mean I cut it open, take out the pit, and dig in with a spoon. That’s it. Because we love it. And why do we love avocado? Because it’s a healthy fatty food. Yes, it may seem odd to use those words in the same sentence… health and fat, but it’s true. And that’s just one of the reasons why we love avocado.
I grew up eating avocado and it was also one of the first foods that we tried with Squeaker. When she was younger, I can definitely say that she didn’t care for it too much. But now she’ll eat one daily with me and we also use it in a few recipes (aside from guacamole).
Avocados are usually overlooked due to their high calorie count.
One avocado is over 300 calories. However, the high calorie count can be quite deceptive. You see, one avocado can provide you with 54% of the recommended daily value of fiber, and it is this high amount of fiber that makes this fruit a fat burning machine.
However, fiber isn’t all you can get from an avocado. In fact, it is often called the alphabet fruit because it contains so many different vitamins. Inside of just one avocado, you will get a dose of vitamins, A, B6, C, E, and K. That means with every bite you will be getting a ton of nourishment for your body.
Other vitamins found in the amazing avocado include niacin, pantothenic acid, folate, and riboflavin. As far as nutrition facts go, you should also pay attention to the amount of potassium contained in an avocado. One avocado has close to 1000 mg of potassium.
Some Health Benefits of the Avocado
Benefit #1 – Help With Heart Health
Avocados contain a whopping 23% of the recommended daily value of folate. Studies have shown that individuals who eat a diet rich in folate can reduce their risk of heart disease. The vitamin E found in the avocado has also been linked to heart health.
Benefit #2 – Fend off Oral Cancer
There are certain compounds found in avocados that have the ability to not only seek out pre-cancerous and cancerous oral cancer cells, but destroy them as well. The best part is they do this without harming any of the healthy cells.
Benefit #3 – Keep Your Eyes Healthy
Of all the commonly consumed fruits, avocados have more carotenoid lutein than any other does. Lutein can help guard against cataracts and degeneration. Both of which are age related eye diseases.
Benefit #4 – Protect Against Breast Cancer
Avocado is very similar to olive oil in that it is high in oleic acid. According to numerous studies, oleic acid can help prevent breast cancer.
Benefit #5 – Can Lower Cholesterol
Beta sitosterol is a compound that can help lower one’s cholesterol levels. Avocados contain quite a bit of this compound. A study done on 45 volunteers showed those who ate avocados for just one week had a 17% drop in their cholesterol levels.
Benefit #6 – Can Prevent Stroke
This is yet another benefit that is attributed to the high levels of folate found in avocados. Those who consume a diet rich in folate are less likely to suffer from a stroke than those who don’t.
Benefit #7 – Can Improve Nutrient Absorption
Some nutrients are better absorbed when they are eaten with avocado, according to research that has been done on this very topic. In one study, participants where fed either a salad that contained avocados or one that did not. Those who ate the salad that contained avocados were able to better absorb carotenoids. They were also able to absorb five times more than those who didn’t have avocados on their salad.
These are just a few of the many benefits associated with a diet that includes avocado on a regular basis. It can also help with diabetes, aging, and weight loss.
Benefit #8: Vitamin E Powerhouse
If you have a vitamin E deficiency, start eating avocados. This vitamin E powerhouse can provide you with plenty of this very essential vitamin. Vitamin E not only protects against certain diseases, but it can also help you maintain your overall health.
So that’s why we love avocado, what about you?