With its wonderful creamy consistency, nutty flavour and amazing nutritional profile, avocado is becoming a very popular addition to diets prescribed by nutritionists all over the world: let’s take a look at how your health can benefit from including it in your diet.
Top health benefits of avocado:
1. Heart health and blood cholesterol levels
The most recent research in nutrition is showing how a low-fat diet is not necessarily the best thing for cardiovascular health. The focus is now on choosing the right kind of fats – and avocados come with plenty of those monounsaturated fatty acids you need to keep inflammation at bay, as well as providing the fat-soluble vitamins A and E, crucial for your cardiovascular health.
And the good news is, a Mexican study on people consuming guacamole regularly showed a decrease in triglycerides and an increase in HDL levels – the “good guy” as far as cholesterol is concerned! Keep in mind that despite being high in fat, avocados are cholesterol-free.
2. Hormone balance
How efficiently your hormones work depends on the health of their membranes, which are made of fat – ensuring that your diet includes plenty of the good kind of fats ensures that your hormonal health is always at its best. Considering your hormones rule everything from your mood to your appetite, from your weight to your energy levels… you want to make sure they are always in the best of shapes!
3. Anti-ageing and skin health
the antioxidants contained in avocado make it a great ally in the battle against premature ageing. Being a great source of the fat-soluble vitamin E and easily absorbable carotenes, this fruit is a must for anyone looking to improve their overall skin health. Just make sure you consume the dark green pulp closer to the skin, as that is where the highest amount of antioxidants is stored.
4. Eye health
Carotenes are not only important for skin health, they also contribute to optimal eye health; avocado also contains lutein, one of the most beneficial nutrients in keeping your vision functioning at its best.
5. Fibre content
Providing almost 10 grams of fibre per average-sized fruit, avocados will help keep your bowel healthy – and all nutrition scientists agree on how your bowel health heavily influences every single aspect of your wellbeing!
Now that you know how great they are for you, try to include them in your diet at least once or twice a week: avocados are best consumed raw so that their nutritional value remains intact: while they can simply be enjoyed chopped in salads, their consistency makes them particularly useful as a healthy, vegan substitute of butter or other kind of fats.
You can whip up a vegan pudding in minutes, by blending a ripe avocado with a teaspoon of maple syrup and a teaspoon of cacao powder; for a savory snack, you can blend an avocado with a handful of chopped pitted green olives, a splash of apple cider vinegar and maple syrup – you can serve with raw chopped vegetables for a snack providing the perfect balance of healthy fats, vitamins and minerals.
Being relatively low in carbohydrates and high in monounsaturated fats, avocados are great to keep blood sugar levels steady throughout the day, keeping you feeling full for longer and reducing sugar cravings.