Here’s What Eating Avocado Daily Can Do With Your Health

What is the story behind avocados? Are they really that good for you or is it all hype? Should you overcome your reluctance to eat something pale green?

If you love avocados, you know they are luscious fruits with a smooth creamy texture. You also know that avocados seem to be showing up practically everywhere. Use mashed avocados in place of mayonnaise.

Add avocados to brownies and smoothies for better health. Make your own avocado gelato. Fry them. Even turn them into daiquiris. Spread them on your face. If you can imagine it, there is probably a recipe online for it.

Read on to find out whether or not the press that avocados get is real. You might be amazed.

You’ll be Healthier

Avocados are nutritional powerhouses. In one avocado, you get it all. (You should eat only 1/3, but who stops there?)

240 calories

3 grams of protein

12 grams of carbs (9 of those are soluble fiber)

24 grams of healthy fat

No cholesterol

6% RDA iron, phosphorous, zinc

12% RDA Vitamin C, thiamin, magnesium, manganese

18% RDA Vitamin E, niacin, B6

24% RDA Riboflavin

30% RDA Vitamin K, folic acid, copper

45% RDA Pantothenic acid

What does this mean?

Happy Heart

Worried about your heart? Eat avocados to lower blood pressure, reduce triglycerides and slow development of arterial plaque, reduce chances of abnormal heart rhythm and heart attack and stroke. In fact, an avocado a day may reduce the chance of sudden cardiac death.

Avocados are full of oleic acid, a healthy fat that most people don’t get enough of. Cooking with avocado oil is very healthy as well since avocado fat doesn’t oxidize in heat  – a process that makes oil potentially toxic.

Weight Loss

Despite the high fat content of avocados, eating them can help you lose weight. Avocados contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber feeds your gut bacteria, keeping them happy and healthy so they work extra hard for you.

It slows down the passage of food, so you better absorb nutrition. They also control blood sugar spikes, so your body doesn’t store fat as readily.

Just don’t overdo the chips with your guacamole. Use vegetables for extra weight loss.

Better Eye Sight

Avocados contain two very important carotenoids – lutein and zeaxanthin. Carotenoids are antioxidants that remove free radicals from your body (free radicals are created during every day activities). Both lutein and zeaxanthin are necessary for eye health. These two carotenoids work well separately but work even better together.

They are the only carotenoids that collect in the macula, an area of the eye essential for vision. Studies show a strong link between a reduction in cataract formation and macular degeneration.

Prevent Cancer

Avocados may help prevent cancer. In the lab, avocados are shown to slow down the growth of prostate cancer cells. They also appear to reduce chemotherapy side effects. While both of these have been in test tubes, the antioxidants and healthy fats might just be able to help you fight cancer and chemotherapy side effects.

In addition, lutein and zeaxanthin may protect your skin from UV rays (but you still need sunscreen!) and may repair damage to your skin.

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