Ten reasons to eat more avocado
Written by guest author N.P.Burggraaff
Smoothies, salads and dips… you can have it all with avocados. This green fruit's name is derived from the Nahuatl Indian language which ironically means "testicle". Avocado is considered a healthy fat which not only tastes delicious but has man healthy benefits too. Below are some top reasons why you should include avocado in your diet.
1- Avocados contain essential amino acids
Avocados are not extremely rich in protein, but avocadoes contain complete proteins consisting of essential amino acids. These amino acids build our tissues, hormones, and antibodies to ward off diseases.
2- Avocados improve our vision
Avocadoes contain carotenes (a plant pigment which contains vitamin A) similar to those found in carrots. Everyone knows that carrots are very good for your eyes right? This means avocadoes contain powerful antioxidants that improve our eye vision.
3- Avocados lower our cholesterol levels
Avocados contain a significant amount of fiber which speeds up our digestive system and lowers cholesterol levels.
4- Avocados gives us beautiful skin
The carotenes, oils and vitamin E that the avocado contains work very well together to keep your skin young and supple. Avocado contains omega 9 which is beneficial for people who have dehydrated skin. Avocado also nourishes our body with vitamin C which contributes to the formation of collagen in the skin.
5- Avocados nourish our body with vitamins
Avocados are rich in more than 20 different essential vitamins and minerals. In other words, it can be described as a natural multi-vitamin. It is much better for your body to absorb natural vitamins than synthetic vitamins; therefore the avocado will give you a real health boost.
6- Avocado lower high blood pressure
Avocados contain a large amount of potassium. Potassium is the counterpart of sodium. Sodium (salt) has the property to increase our blood pressure. By eating more potassium, you will restore your blood pressure balance and keep high blood pressure at bay.
7- Avocados help with weight loss
Avocados are rich in super-healthy fats. Healthy fats provide prolonged satiety, making you less likely to grab a sugary snack.
8- Avocados keep our heart and blood vessels healthy
Potassium and unsaturated fatty acids have a very healthy effect on our blood vessels and heart health. The vitamin E found in avocadoes prevents the oxidation of our veins.
9- Avocados keep our bones strong and healthy
The vitamin K in avocados helps to nourish our bones with calcium and magnesium, keeping our bones strong and healthy.
10- Avocados stabilize blood sugar levels
Avocados have a stabilizing effect on our blood sugar levels, helping to suppress our appetite and control cravings as well as preventing diabetes.