By now everyone is aware that avocado is one versatile, delicious and beneficial foods around. From a toast spread to a green smoothies and even substitute for butter — it can be used for anything and everything. But not everyone knows what so good about it health wise. So we have done some digging and gathered some healthy facts about one of the most famous superfoods in the world.
1. Good fat
Avocados are rich in monosaturated fats which are known to protect against heart diseases and can also lower the bad cholesterol. Despite being high in fat, avocado can improve your chances at weight loss and help get rid of that bulge.
Avocado oil for cooking can be a good replacement for your normal cooking oil because the fats are resistant toward heat-induced oxidation.
2. Antioxidant rich
Avocados are filled with antioxidants which protect the cells from free radicals. Avocados are a great addition to the diet to prevent or reverse the skin signs of aging and reduce the risk of cataracts, macular degeneration and other eye issues.
3. Overloaded with vitamins
Avocados contain a good amount of Vitamins — B5, B6, C, E and K. In a 100 gram serving of Avocado the vitamin content is:
- Vitamin B5 – 14 per cent of the daily recommended value
- Vitamin B6 – 13 per cent of the daily recommended value
- Vitamin C – 17 per cent of the daily recommended value
- Vitamin E – 10 per cent of the daily recommended value
- Vitamin K – 26 per cent of the daily recommended value
The vitamin content is enough to enhance antioxidant properties of avocado in the body and also avoid a dozen of problems including vitamin K deficiency, cardiovascular problems, premature aging and cognitive issues.
4. Nutrient booster
The amount of nutrients you consume isn’t what matters. Your body’s ability to absorb the nutrients is what matters more. Consuming avocado can help your body better absorb the nutrients from other foods in your diet.
A research suggests that including avocado or avocado oil as a dressing can raise antioxidant absorption by 2.6 to 15-fold. This is a dramatically significant number.
5. Contain potassium
Similar to bananas avocado contain potassium which is beneficial and assists in numerous biological processes and functioning. However it contains 40 percent more potassium than bananas. This means that avocados are better and more efficient in lowering the risk of blood pressure problems and subsequently heart attacks, kidney complications and a stroke than bananas.
What more could you want from a food?