Avocados: 9 Reasons to Eat them More Often
Avocados are one of the most versatile fruits. You can use it in lots of different ways: in a salad or salmon quiche, to make guacamole or chocolate mousse, the possibilities are endless. I could write a whole recipe book using this fruit as an ingredient. But above all it is a very tasty and a very healthy fruit.
If you list all the benefits of the avocado you would not like to go a day without it.
Here are 9 reasons why:
- Avocados contain lots of vitamins and other healthy substances. An avocado is full of very important vitamins such as B, K, E but also contains lutein and folic acid.
Vitamin B ensures a good metabolism and also has a positive effect on the skin. Vitamin K is important for the growth of bones in order to help prevent osteoporosis later in life.
Vitamin E has a big influence on keeping the skin healthy (E is the skin vitamin). It is widely used in face masks and other skin care products.
Avocado contains a substance called lutein (a carotenoid = anti-oxidant) which can protect against eye disease and can help prevent retinal disorders (retinopathy).
Folic acid: 1/2 avocado provides almost 1/4 of the A.D.H. folic acid, so even if you are pregnant, eating an avocado is very healthy. It is a very good protection for the unborn child. Relations have also been found between high intake of folic acid and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Good fats
Avocado contains monounsaturated fats. These fats lower the bad LDL cholesterol while the good HDL cholesterol can actually rise. This will especially benefit the cholesterol ratio (the ratio LDL and HDL).
An avocado contains good fats but also is an excellent source of vegetable protein. Avocados provide all the essential amino acids that your body needs to form complete proteins and are easily absorbed because of its fibres. That is why it is important (especially for vegetarians) to have this fruit regularly on the menu.
- Help to absorb nutrients
Avocados help to absorb nutrients from other foods. If you add it to your salad, the other nutrients in the salad will be better absorbed.
- Anti-inflammatory effect
The fruit helps to prevent or reduce osteoarthritis and rheumatism by acting as an anti-inflammatory agent.
Avocados contain both soluble and insoluble fibres. This combination is rare in food. The soluble fibres ensure a good bowel movement while the insoluble fibres (food for the intestinal bacteria) ensure a healthy intestinal flora which ultimately also stimulates bowel movements. This helps to reduce the risk of colon cancer.
- Regulates the blood sugar level and therefore HEALTHY (er) Weight Loss
Thanks to the healthy fats and low sugar content, avocado helps regulate blood sugar levels. This keeps your energy level on an even keel and will avoid the afternoon energy dip.
Despite the amount of calories in avocados they help you to lose weight in a healthy way. The fibres reduce your appetite, speed up your metabolism and can help prevent binge eating. Furthermore, they are rich in fat, but not the fats that cause an increase in weight; that are the carbohydrates (sugars). Eating avocados keeps blood sugar levels stable. As a result, your body has enough time to burn food for energy and can eat away at the fat cells to generate extra energy. This way you will lose weight even faster and in a healthy way.
- Reduces the chance of depression
Because an avocado contains folic acid, the production of the happy hormones serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine is supported. These hormones are related to:
- Improved quality of sleep
- Lowering the appetite
- Improved energy management
- The way you experience pain stimuli
- Protects against chronic diseases
Because the fibres keep your digestive tract in top condition, your immune system becomes stronger. An increased resistance (mainly from healthy intestines) provides more protection against chronic diseases. Regularly eating avocados is less likely to cause strokes, cardiovascular diseases, obesity and / or increased blood pressure.
I hope that with this article I have convinced you how important it is to incorporate avocados in your diet.
The power of nutrition is what this site is about. Leonie Wright is your passionate EatWright coach. Her passion is health. She is an expert in the field of dieting, losing weight and putting it back on again. Only by adapting her eating habits and lifestyle has she been able to achieve optimum health and a stable weight. Because of her own experiences and enthusiasm she started coaching other people. Leonie started her own practice where she has been able to coach more than 300 clients to optimal health. Her vision is that the UK can and must become “healthier” and her mission is to contribute to this, in her own enthusiastic way. She would love to be your EatWright coach and help you improve your health in a short space of time.
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