8 Amazing Benefits Of Eating Avocados That Will Have You Reaching For The Guac
Avocados are nature's true superfood. Call it a fruit or a vegetable (it's really a fruit, though), you can pretty much dress up an avocado any which way, and it'll still be delicious. And while most ridiculously delicious things are usually bad for you, (except beer, which is unexpectedly awesome for you!) you can almost never have too much avocado. So, while they're still ripe and in season, check out these 8 amazing benefits you'll get from eating avocados, and order another round of that guac!
1. They're Packed With Protein
If you're looking for a way to get more protein in your diet, add an avocado to it! An average avocado, or about one cup pureed avocado, can have more than 4 grams of protein.
2. They're Nutrient Dense
You'll find nutrients like Vitamin K, Vitamin B9, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B5, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E2 in this super fruit. According to Avocado Central, just 1/5 of an avocado has about 20 vitamins and minerals packed in it, making it an awesome “nutrient-dense choice”.
3. They're Fatty Without Being Fatty
This one is almost too good to be true, but believe it! You've probably been warned about the fat content in avocados (about 3/4 of the entire fruit is fat), but one of its amazing health benefits is that this fat is GOOD for you. Avocados have a high monounsaturated fat content in the form of oleic acid, which has been shown to lower levels of bad cholesterol and even reduce risk of stroke and heart disease.
4. They're Fiber Rich
Something else we're all guilty of not getting enough of is fiber. There's a reason your mom always told you to eat your fruits and vegetables. We need about 20-30 grams a fiber a day to help regulate our body's use of sugar, regulate hunger and blood sugars. Plus, fiber-rich foods keep you full longer, and just one avocado sliced or pureed has about 10-15 grams, according to the USDA — so eat up!
5. They Promote Healthy Body Weight
Again with those good fats! Studies have shown that people who eat avocados are also associated with lower body weight, BMI (body mass index), and waist circumference. That means avocados actually help you stay in shape!
6. They're Low In Sugar
As opposed to some other fruits that can have a high natural sugar content, avocados are super low in sugar. One entire avocado can have less than 1 gram of sugar, making it a great snack for kids and adults alike.
7. They Help Prevent Cancer
Avocados have lots of phytochemicals, or plant chemicals, which are basically bioactive non-nutrient plant compounds found in fruits, vegetables, grains, and other plant foods that have been linked to reducing the risk of major chronic diseases like cancer. The phytochemicals plus antioxidants found in avocados have been shown to prevent the growth of prostate, breast and oral cancers, according to doctors.
8. They're Great For Your Skin
One study showed that an avocado paired with foods like tomato sauce or raw carrot meal promoted conversion of provitamin A, an inactive vitamin form, to vitamin A, an active vitamin form that provides a host of health benefits. Vitamin A has been known to promote healthy skin production, providing for clearer and younger looking skin. It also aids in healthy immune function, vision and has antioxidant properties.
So, need we say it any more? Avocados are freakin' awesome. You should be eating one by the end of this list, if you aren't already!