Avocado…the face of healthy eating. The food has become incredibly popular among health conscious individuals and it’s not surprising given its health properties.
For such a small food it holds a super amount of nutrition. It includes: Vitamin K, Folate, Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E. Then it contains small amounts of Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin)…A pretty extensive list.
Avocados have an average of around 160 calories protein, fat and carbs – making it the perfect healthy snack pre and post workout.
Good for Cardiovascular Health
Avocado contains Oleic acid, a healthy monounsaturated fat. Oleic acid has been linked to reduced inflammation and been shown to have beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer.
Research has shown this beneficial form of fat reduces dangerous LDL cholesterol in the blood at the same time as increasing the more beneficial HDL cholesterol.
As well as lowering LDL cholesterol, studies like this have found eating avocado can also decrease high blood triglyceride levels, another common predictor of cardiovascular problems.
Even the fat is good. What can’t an avocado do?
A big driver for the social status of the avocado…weight loss. They contain a good amount of fibre, which helps you feel full for longer, therefore reducing snacking. This means that you are more likely to eat less calories and sugar and more likely you will stick to healthy eating.
Monounsaturated fatty acids also act as slow burning energy rather than being stored as body fat. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be difficult and filled with temptation for unhealthy food. Avocados provide the perfect example; you don’t need to eat less to lose weight, you just need to eat the right food that provides fullness and energy throughout the day.