From trending on social media to having its own celebration day (July 31st), avocado is a superfruit that has gained mass popularity over the past years. As it turns out, aside from being tasty and looking great on social media feeds, there are plenty of health benefits to eating avocados. Here are 8 reasons why we love avocados:
1. Great source of heart healthy fats
Avocados are one of the highest fat-containing fruits, but don’t let that alarm you; they contain a high source of monounsaturated fatty acids. Monounsaturated fatty acids help reduce LDL cholesterol i.e. “bad” cholesterol that contributes to high blood pressure and increase risks for heart diseases. Avocados also help increase “good” HDL cholesterol, which is responsible for preventing the buildup of plaque in our blood vessels, thus reducing the chances of heart attacks and strokes.
2. Avocados are good for the brain
Avocados are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. They are a great alternative for those looking to increase intake of omega-3 without eating too much fish or fish oil supplements. Omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to enhancing our memory as well as reducing the chances of depression. Due to its many functions, there are more than 100 billion cells working in the brain. In order to maintain our brain’s efficiency, it is important to have healthy cell production in the brain. Omega-3s act as building blocks for the forming of brain cells, and contribute to making the communication between neurotransmitters more effective, thus helping regulate memory functions as well as managing mood fluctuations.
3. High in fibre, low in carbs
Very few foods have as good a proportion of fibre to fat to carbohydrates as avocados. Avocados provide a great amount of soluble and insoluble fibre, which helps with detoxifying the body and also aids the removal of bodily waste. Despite serving a similar function to many vegetables and due to its high content of good fat, eating avocado can give us a more filling effect, without resorting to usual carbs (bread, pasta, meat).
4. Avocados contains a lot of amino acids
Other than containing much fibre and healthy fats, avocados also contain all 18 of the necessary amino acids that are crucial to the building of proteins in our body.
5. Enriched in micronutrients
Avocados really are incredibly nutrient-dense. Besides the more commonly known macronutrients mentioned above, avocados are also packed with micronutrients; including Vitamins A, C, E, K and B6, as well as potassium, magnesium, niacin and folate, which are all required in our daily food consumption for optimum body functioning.
6. Avocados can help with absorption of other nutrients
Having a good absorption mechanism for nutrients is just as important as having a good intake of nutrients. As some nutrients such as vitamins A, D, E and K are fat soluble, they are more likely to be absorbed more efficiently when consumed alongside fat containing foods. With avocados having such high levels of good fats, it is able to enhance the solubility of nutrients in our digestive system, hence maximising our uptake of nutrients in our daily food consumption.
7. Weight loss
If you want to better manage your body weight, incorporating avocados in your meals could contribute nicely to your goals. Avocados are high in micronutrients, good fats, fibre and amino acids, and low in carbohydrates as well as in calories. As a result, in addition to giving you a ‘filling’ effect they will be effective in minimising the overall calorie intake from everyday meals. Avocados can easily be incorporated to substitute high fat or high carbs foods that are less rich in nutrients.
8. Avocados are so versatile
If avocados are so beneficial to our health, how can you eat some every day (or almost)? The good news is, avocados are incredibly versatile and can be incorporated into our diets in an almost infinite number of ways. Due to their more mellow flavours and rich texture, avocados are great in salads, smoothies, sandwiches, dressings and can even be incorporated into puddings, cakes and ice creams. Avocado oil is also commonly used as a cooking oil substitute. There is so much variety when it comes to the avocado and because of its popularity, you can find many recipes with a simple search online.
Avocados seem to have endless possibilities. Do you like avocados? Planning to eat more and incorporate them into your everyday diet? We hope you enjoyed discovering these facts about this unique superfruit!