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Health Benefits of Avocado

What is it
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Avocados are green, spherical fruits that come from trees of the same name. They are native to South America and thrive in warm, dry climates. Although they are native to South America, avocado growing has spread internationally and you can find them year-round almost anywhere in the world. Avocados are also high in fat and calories but with proper management, avocados can and should be easily incorporated into any healthy diet plan.  

Why is it a superfood?

 Avocados are a nutrient-rich superfruit. In one 150 gram serving of the fruit (which is about 3/5 of a medium-sized avocado), an avocado will yield considerable amounts of vitamins C, E, K and B6, nourishing your body and providing it with essential and non-essential vitamins. Avocados are also an excellent source of potassium—better than bananas, in fact. One serving yields about 21% of the recommended daily value for potassium.

Avocados are high in fat and calories, this simple fact cannot be avoided. They are, however, abundant in monounsaturated fat which is a relatively good form of fat and can provide plenty of hearth-healthy benefits like decreasing inflammation. Moreover, the form the fats in avocados (as oleic acids) help increase the body’s ability to absorb fat as well as increase the body’s ability to absorb fat-soluble nutrients. For example, a recent study found that adding avocado slices to a salad can help absorb important antioxidants by over 200%.

Avocado consumption has also been shown to lower bad cholesterol (LDLs) and increase good cholesterol (HDLs). This comes from a variety of sources that can be found in the avocado’s nutrient rich profile. These leathery wonder fruits provide the body with heart-healthy caretonoids, vitamins C and E, and omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the same omega-3 fatty acid that is more commonly found in seeds and nuts such as walnuts and flaxseed.

While consuming large amounts of avocado is not, and should not, be recommended, adding avocados to your daily diet in moderation is a great idea.

 
 

Where can I get it?

While it’s true that avocados thrive in warmer, drier climates, avocado growing, demand, and consumption has become so widespread that you can find them year-round in almost any corner of the world. This, alone, makes them easily accessible and easy to incorporate into your diet but avocados are also extremely versatile fruits. They aren’t overly sweet or savory so there are dozens of interesting ways to work with these fruits. Even if it’s just slicing them up fresh in salads or making a complicated and delicious guacomole, it is easier than ever to incorporate this amazing superfood into your life.

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