When it comes to rock-star status for food, avocados are definitely at the Led Zeppelin level. Their popularity has sky-rocketed over the last few decades, with the average American eating over seven pounds of them in 2018.
Opening up an avocado is like opening up a treasure chest of nutrients. Significant vitamin content of an avocado includes Vitamin’s A, C, E, K as well as a range of B vitamins too, including folate. Add to that potassium, magnesium, copper, zinc and iron and your humble avocado starts to get a distinctly periodic table feel about it. And yet on top of that, avocados are completely cholesterol free as well as high in fiber too!
Here are the 10 Reasons Why Avocados are good for you:
Protection for the eyes. Avocado also contains two antioxidant compounds called lutein and zeaxanthin, both of which are great for maintaining healthy eyes. They enable the eyes to better fight off things like macular degeneration and the harmful effects of the suns UV rays.
Avocados have more potassium in them when compared to bananas on a pound-for-pound basis, which is excellent news for those looking to keep their blood-pressure levels under control.
The vitamin K found in an avocado can help the body maintain healthy bones as well as fend off debilitating medical conditions like osteoporosis.
Because of the antioxidant and antibacterial qualities of avocados, they have been identified as helping to limit or remove halitosis.
The make-up of avocados has also been linked to better gum health, keeping the likes of gingivitis at bay.
Avocados contain generous amounts of folate, which has shown to be potentially beneficial in staving off a range of cancers, including those of the prostate, colon and stomach.
The fiber content of avocados is great news for keeping the digestive system healthy as well as the bowels regular.
Avocados contain omega-9, also known as oleic acid, which has been linked to better cognitive function, like memory and concentration.
Research has recently identified as to how the chemical in avocados can also contribute to combatting liver disease, including the effects of hepatitis C.
For pregnant mothers experiencing morning sickness, avocados can provide relief from that courtesy of their vitamin B6 content, which has been shown to alleviate sickness and nausea.
Avocado can be enjoyed in any number of ways. One of the most popular ways is to eat avocado “as is” with just a sprinkle of salt and pepper. They can be added to soups and salads for that extra creamy taste and texture or made into a delicious guacamole. And then of course, there is the growing phenomenon of both avocado toast and avocado smoothie, which is good for all of us, not just the Millennials!