Avocado – The World’s Healthiest Food
Proteins, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, all these are contained in one fruit — Avocado. Eating avocados is just like having a full meal from different types of food, and this is just one of the many benefits of avocados.
Except that the avocado has amazing health benefits it is also very nutritious food. Avocado is rich in protein (4.02 grams, compared to Apple which has 0.47 grams), fiber (13.5 grams) and also is full of antioxidants.
Avocados contain a lot of potassium and along with intake of sodium through salt protects arteries against damage. The salt that we consume in large quantities is a risk for the heart and for the cardiovascular system, but with eating avocados we reduce that risk.
Folic acid in just one avocado is a 23% of our daily needs and plays a major role in protecting the heart, and also folic acid is very important in pregnancy because it prevents the baby to get any anomalies.
Another strong argument that will make you to eat avocados is fatty acids. The fatty acids that are contained in avocados are the same like those in olive oil, and are the healthiest fatty acids known to science that prevent breast cancer and heart disease. If your cholesterol is a problem, avocado is the answer.
Consumption of avocados is also beneficial to the eyes because avocados contain lutein, (one of many natural pigments). This substance prevents cataracts and macular degeneration.
Avocados For Weight Loss
The health benefits of avocados are well known, but just few people know that avocados can actually help with weight loss. Although avocado is “fat” fruit, it is useful in weight loss.
Monounsaturated fats which are also present in avocados act on the way that keep you full and satisfied and reduces the temptation of eating chocolate and sweets. Except that, avocado prevents diseases caused by deficiency of vitamins or minerals, which often occurs with unbalanced diet.
But it is very important to know that 125 grams of avocado contains 200 calories more than other fruits and vegetables, but less than french fries, cookies and other sweets.
In the table below you can see the wealth of vitamins and minerals that are contained in only one medium piece of avocado.
|Potassium 975mg||Vitamin A 293 IU|
|Phosphorus 105 mg||Vitamin C 20.1mg|
|Magnesium 58 mg||Vitamin B1 0.135 mg|
|Calcium 24 mg||Vitamin B2 0.261 mg|
|Sodium 14 mg||Niacin (B3) 3.493 mg|
|Iron 1,11 mg||Folic acid (B9) 63 mcg|
|Selenium 0,8 mcg||Pantothenic acid (B5) 2.729 mg|
|Manganese 0,285 mg||Vitamin B6 5.17 mg|
|Copper 0,382 mg||Vitamin E 4.16 mg|
|Zinc 1,29 mg||Vitamin K 42.2 mcg|
Bodybuilders that are looking for some healthy and perfect fats before and after hard workout combined with their protein shake, they must consume avocado.
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