8 Life-Changing Benefits of Avocados
They might just be the world’s best superfood. Originating in Mexico, the avocado has taken the world of social media by storm – through smoothies pinned to Pinterest boards, retweeted superfood salads, and the trend of avocado toast sweeping Instagram. But why are avocados suddenly so popular? In a time where food fads come and go so quickly, it’s hard to know just how healthy these fashion foods are. But rest easy – avocado is one food you can put your trust in. Here are 8 life-changing benefits of introducing avocado to your life.
1. Nutrient Density
The most obvious reason to incorporate avocado into your diet is this simple fact – it’s good for you! Avocado is one of the most nutritious foods on earth. It is jam-packed with vitamins and minerals such as potassium, folate, and vitamin C. The biggest benefit you can get from an avocado lies in vitamin k – just 100g contains 26% of your recommended daily allowance! Vitamin K is crucial for helping with blood coagulation and calcium binding, and low levels can cause weak bones. So in comes avocado to save the day and build those vitamin K levels right up! The list of nutrients in an avocado is endless- magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, phosphorous, and vitamins A, B1, B5, B6 (just to name a few!) Not to mention avocado is low in calories, high in protein and high in healthy fats! So it’s clear to see just how much of an all-rounded boost your body will receive from including avocado in your diet.
2. Beauty Benefits
Avocado is recommended by beauty bloggers across the globe- and it’s easy to see why. Avocado oil contains anti-oxidants and when applied to the skin can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and make your skin appear more supple. Consuming avocado does the same job, providing your skin with vitamins and minerals to reduce dryness and invigorate your skin. Not only does avocado help repair the skin, but it also goes that extra mile to protect it too. Avocado oil contains UV-reflecting properties that help to protect the skin against the harmful effects of sun exposure and acts as a natural sunscreen. Avocado is also rich in amino acids, which make for very happy hair. The proteins penetrate the scalp and work to reduce itchiness and frizz- making your hair smoother and more controllable. Even the avocado seeds are useful! Crushed avocado seeds can be made into a powder that works as a natural dandruff treatment. Now has never been a better time to throw out those chemical products and make way for avocado!
3. Healthy Hearts
Avocado is packed with fats, and high-fat means bad for your heart, right? Not this time! Avocado is loaded with monosaturated fatty acids which actually help improve your heart health! The majority of fat in avocado comes from oleic acid- which has been proven to reduce inflammation and have health benefits similar to those of olive oil. Poor heart health is one of the biggest strains on the NHS, with coronary heart disease being the leading cause of death in both the UK and worldwide (www.nhs.co.uk). So now has never been a better time to keep your heart in check- and with the help of avocado, you’ll be right on track.
4. Fibre Friendly
About 25% of the fibre found in avocados is soluble, while 75% is insoluble, this means that a 100 gram serving of avocado contains about 7 grams of fibre, which is 27% of the recommended daily amount.
Fibre is key in our diets, helping with much like bowel movement and reducing the risk of many diseases like heart disease; soluble fibre, in particular, is great for friendly bacteria in the gut, aiding and reinforcing the functionality of your digestive system.
On the other hand, insoluble fibre will actually help pull anything in your system with it, and without getting too graphic… you know where it ends.
5. Crushing Cholesterol
Contrary to popular belief, fats do not promote cholesterol productivity – some do.
Unlike monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which increase your risk of heart disease and many fat related diseases, avocados have saturated and trans fats which are both excellent for fighting cholesterol, giving you a sexier body and adding an extra boost to your confidence – it is summer after all so what better time to get that beach body!
6. Eyes Wide Open
These delicious fruits contain something called lutein and zeaxanthin, which are incredibly important for your eye health.
As we age, our eyesight deteriorates and foods like carrots which contain great amounts of carotene are great to maintain your eye sights, and while avocados lack in carotene, they make up for with lutein and zeaxanthin, prolonging your eyes’ health and effectiveness – plus, avocados are an all-round perfect anti-oxidant!
7. Reducing the Risk (Cancer)
In this day and age, our knowledge of chronic diseases has never been better, and cancer is one of them. Unfortunately, after years of research, we still have not found a cure, we did however find ways to reduce our risk.
Studies have shown that cancer cannot thrive in an alkaline body, which is why it has been recommended that we change our diets and introduce more alkaline foods like salads, potatoes, and in this case, avocados.
While we aren’t saying that your risk is nullified, having a healthier diet may reduce your chance of developing this disease.
8. Fighting Fat
Repeat after me. Avocados have fats, but good fats.
They are very fatty, yes, but they contain trans and saturated fats which are good for you, as opposed to monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats – the kind you find in fast foods and packaged meals. Healthy fat cells won’t grip onto your belly, thighs and arms, instead, it’ll just be absorbed by your body – just like vitamins! This means that you can eat avocados without ever worrying about your health!