Avocados are all the rage. And it’s no wonder as to why – this incredible fruit is full of healthy benefits that both your body and tastebuds will love.
They’re Incredibly Nutritious
Avocados contain around 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. That’s a lot of nutrients for a food the size of your fist! In a single avocado (about 3.5 ounces) you will find an abundance of nutrients, including Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Folate, Potassium and more. Additionally, avocados are high in healthy fats – as compared to other fruits consisting largely of carbohydrates. One more thing (and I think you’re gonna like it). Avocados contain zero cholesterol and sodium.
Quick fact: Avocados contain more potassium than bananas! That’s bananas! Pun intended.
They’re a Healthy Alternative to Sauces & Spreads
Ditch the mayo! Use avocado instead. With a soft, spreadable consistency, avocado is the perfect addition to sandwiches, toast or crackers. In fact, avocados have half the amount of calories as mayonnaise or butter and almost twice the amount of nutrients. The flavor of an avocado is quite neutral, so try spicing it up with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes or other herbs and spices. One of my favorite ways to enjoy avocados as a spread is with breakfast! This avocado and egg toast recipe explains it perfectly!
They’re Good for Your Heart
Who doesn’t love heart-healthy foods? Avocados support heart health by containing zero cholesterol and sodium. This alone can help control cholesterol levels as well as high blood pressure. Avocados also contain a high level of healthy fats (yes, there is such a thing as healthy fat). In fact, 75% of the fat in an avocado is unsaturated (good fat) or monounsaturated. This is the same type of fat found in olive oil, and has been linked to reducing LDL (cholesterol) and increasing HDL (good cholesterol).
They Make Desserts Healthier
Avocado? In dessert? You bet! Avocados are quickly becoming a popular substitute for butter or oil in baked goods such as cookies, cakes and muffins. Due to their high nutrient count, baking with avocado is a delicious way to boost the nutritional value of some of your favorite treats (like these avocado skillet brownies, for example). In addition to the nutritional benefits, baking with avocado will give your treats a soft and chewy consistency that is less likely to crumble.
They Can Help You Lose Weight
Avocados are in no way considered “low-fat” and should most definitely be consumed in moderation. That being said, you may be wondering how a fruit high in fat can help you lose weight. The answer is fiber. Avocados are in rich in fiber, which helps you stay full longer. Try adding avocado to your breakfast or lunch and you may start to notice less cravings throughout the day. Keep in mind avocados are not a low calorie food. The recommended serving size is 1 ounce, or about 1/4 of an avocado.
They Improve Complexion
Some people moisturize with skin care products – others use avocado. While it may sound silly, avocados are actually a fabulous skin moisturizer. As mentioned, avocados are packed with ingredients essential to health and wellness. These same ingredients can also be beneficial to the appearance and texture of our skin. Just slather on some mashed avocado, wait 15 minutes, rinse and pat dry. Voila. You have now moisturized with a fruit. Kill two birds with one stone – invest in a moisturizer that you can use on your skin and eat (but maybe not in that order)!
Welcome avocado into your eating plan and start reaping the benefits! You can start by checking out the following avocado-themed food posts: