Are Avocados Good For You? -Read This Report

Avocado’s are a nutrient-dense food, containing nearly 20 vitamins and minerals.

9 Reasons Why Avocado's Are So Good For You

What Is An Avocado?

Are Avocado’s good for you? Well, the avocado is a cultivated species which was domesticated so far back in history that its ancestry is unknown. It is believed to be a native of Mexico, Central and South America. The avocado (Persea americana) is a tree and it’s berry is classified botanically as a fruit. It is in the same family as bay laurel, cinnamon, and camphor. Avocado’s are known for their green-skinned, creamy buttery tasting fruit, and fleshy body that may be egg or pear shaped, and sometimes spherical.

Brief History of the Avocado

Believed to have originated in Mexico, the native, undomesticated avocado variety known as a criollo, is small, contains a large seed, and has dark black skin. Archaeological evidence suggests they were more widespread, appearing far to the north of Mexico in what is now California, at a time when the climate supported them.

Explorers introduced the plant to Indonesia, South Africa, Australia, southwest Asia, and other parts of the world, as news of its marvelous taste and flavor spread. 

9 Reasons Why Avocado's Are So Good For You

Due to it’s beneficial raw fat content, eating avocado enables your body to more efficiently absorb fat-soluble nutrients. A single serving of avocado (100 g) is rich in several B and K vitamins, with good amounts of vitamin C, E and potassium. Avocados also contain phytosterols and carotenoids, such as lutein and zeaxanthin.

Avocados are also rich in fiber, and research has shown that eating a high fiber diet will significantly lower the risk of developing coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and certain gastrointestinal diseases.

Avocado (One serving or one-fifth of an avocado, approx. 40 grams) contains:

  • 64 calories
  • 6 grams of fat
  • 4 grams of carbohydrate
  • 0 grams of sugar
  • 3 grams of fiber
  • 1 gram of protein
  • 67% of the total fat of an avocado is monounsaturated fat as oleic acid.
  • 14% of the total fat is saturated fat.
  • Other fats include palmiticacid and linoleic acid.

 

Health Benefits of Eating Avocados 

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  1. Research has shown that avocado’s contain a special group of fats- phytosterols, including beta-sitosterol, campesterol, and stigmasterol which have been shown to provide important anti-inflammatory benefits to our body systems, including  vascular function and heart health.
  2. Very high in potassium, avocado’s have twice the amount found in a banana, and will help balance your potassium to sodium ratio.
  3. They provide close to 20 essential health-boosting nutrients, including fiber, vitamin E, B-vitamins, and folic acid.
  4. Research has found that avocados are helpful for regulating blood sugar levels, thereby improving lipid profiles, both in healthy individuals and in those with elevated cholesterol levels.
  5. Avocados contain lutein and zeaxanthin, two phytochemicals that are essential for eye health.
  6. Avocado is high in fiber, which can help prevent constipation, maintain a healthy digestive tract, and lower the risk of colon cancer. Studies have shown that dietary fiber may also play a role in regulating the immune system, and preventing inflammation.
  7. Avocado promote a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, and overall lower weight.
  8. Eating avocado’s is associated with better overall diet quality, as well as a better assimilation of vegetables and fruits as a whole.
  9. A study published in the journal Cancer Research, suggests that a compound found in avocados called avocatin B “shows promise in treating acute myeloid leukemia.

 These are just a few reasons why avocado are so incredibly healthy!

Final Thoughts

Avocado’s are great to eat raw, in guacamole, or just as a fat substitute, replacing other less healthy vegetable oils. Readers of my articles know that I always recommend Raw Organic Whole Foods over conventionally grown, however avocados are the exception because of their thick skin which protects the inner fruit from pesticides. I eat avocado every chance I get, and I highly recommend adding them to your daily diet.

 

PS: I hope you enjoyed reading this article, and please don’t hesitate to share it with friends and family. Join the conversation and let me know of your experiences with avocado’s – share your stories below and join me on other interesting articles at healingbodyandmind.org

 

To your good health,

Tom

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Marith

Hello Tom,
I came across this article while looking for food high in vitamin K. I often get cramps in my leg-muscles while sleeping, and someone told me it could be caused by lack of vitamin K.
I have to admit that I am not very found of avocado, I just don’t like the taste very much, but there are not many vitamin K rich foods out there, so I will give it another try.

Lucky for me we have a farmers market with organic food and is just a 2 minutes walk from my home, so I will listen to your advice and get myself some organic avocados.
Thanks for the info, I learned a lot from this

Marith

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    Tom

    Hi Marith- Avocado’s are great to eat raw, but if like me you are not crazy about the flavor, you may want to try them in guacamole. Also check out http://healingbodyandmind.org/what-is-magnesium-good-for/
    because Magnesium also helps your muscles and nerves function properly. It plays a role in the active transport of calcium and potassium ions across cell membranes, a process that is important to nerve impulse conduction, muscle contraction, and normal heart rhythm, as well as supporting a healthy immune system.

    ~Tom

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