February 25, 2017

Are Avocados Good For You?

Avocado, like a lot of other food fads, has gained quite a bit of popularity in the past few years. But this fad is here to stay, for good reason!


Avocado fruit and avocado oil are both extremely healthy and pack quite a few essential vitamins and minerals in for only a small serving size.


A lot of people might be determined to avoid the ‘alligator pear’ because it is high in fat, but they should re-think this decision. What a lot of people don’t understand about fat is there are different types of fats that can and should be incorporated into the daily diet of a health conscious person.


Now there is a certain percentage of bodyfat that the human body needs to carry around, especially women. This fat is called: essential fat. Meaning, this percentage of fat is necessary for the human body to function properly and avoid any health hiccups.


So it is safe to say that adding in fat to your diet is a healthy thing to do! But, the kicker here is that there are certain fats we should avoid, and other fats that are perfect and ideal for our bodies, but as always, everything is in moderation of course.


Avocados are so popular because they are a healthy fat choice. They are packed with monounsaturated fatty acid, this particular fat is essential for keeping your heart healthy. Monounsaturated oleic acid is what comprises this healthy fruit, and it is also the same acid that is found in olive oil. Both helping to keep the heart in optimal performing condition.


Now, concerning this particular fat: there are good fats, and bad fats, the hard part is figuring out which ones to avoid. Now the fat from canola oil, crisco, bacon, and butter are very high in cholesterol and saturated fat which is damaging to the heart.


So knowing that the fat found in avocados is unsaturated fat can make you think twice about picking up that butter to grease your pan!


Another great benefit avocados have to offer are the varying vitamins and minerals found in it. These are: Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, Folate, and Potassium. In smaller quantities you can find: Magnesium, Manganese, Iron, Zinc, Copper, Phosphorus, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, and Vitamin B3. In just one serving of avocado, all of these nutrients are consumed, making it an ideal candidate to add to your daily diet!


Avocados contain more potassium than a banana, along with loads of fiber as well. The extract has been linked with helping to relieve pains from arthritis. This fruit also contains antioxidants that help to protect your eyes and overall eye health.


All in all, avocados are a reliable way to help improve quite a few areas physically. With just one serving a day, you will be well on your way to improving your health, half an avocado at a time.


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