Walking through the vegetable and fruit section of the grocery store aisles can sometimes be overwhelming and often causes us to pass up things we’ve never tried before and opt for the tried and true favourites. If you’ve never tasted avocado you really should give it a try.
Or maybe you have and don’t know it. It is the main ingredient in Guacamole and for those who love it, you already know how avocado can enhance and delight the palate.
As well as adding variety, flexibility, flavour and texture to your menus, it comes with the added bonus of being highly nutritious and a rich source of fiber which has lead to the discovery of many avocado health benefits.
Here is a list of avocado nutrition facts which may convince you to try it out.
- Vitamins A, B1, B2 (riboflavin), B3, B6 (pyridoxine), B7 (biotin), B9 (folic acid and folate), C (ascorbic acid), E and K
- Amino acids (basically proteins)
- Glutathione—and antioxidant
- Essential fatty acids including Omega 3 and Omega 6
With how diverse avocado nutrition is in terms of vitamins and minerals you can probably imagine that the potential avocado health benefits are high, especially in cardiovascular health. The American Heart Association recommends a diet containing 30% of calories from fats mostly unsaturated but low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol and sodium, and high in Potassium in order to prevent prevent potassium deficiency.
Avocados fit into this description and are included in many leading world nutritional organizations’ dietary programs including the American diabetes Association.
More avocado health benefits include:
- Aiding in lowering LDL (bad cholesterol) and increasing HDL (good cholesterol) levels.
- Powerful antioxidant properties and beneficial in eye problems such as astigmatism, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts. (Here is my post on the many antioxidant benefits if you are interested)
- To strengthen the immune system. (important source of immune system vitamins)
- The antioxidant Glutathione is important in fighting cancer especially, breast, oral and prostate and as an anti-aging element.
- Since it contains vitamin B9 it is helpful in preventing strokes as part of the many folic acid benefits.
- Improved nutrient absorption.
- High content of potassium helps regulate blood pressure and prevent potassium deficiency.
Their are additional health benefits of avocados for pregnant mothers, young children and babies. Because of its smooth, rich and creamy texture it is easy to mash alone or into other foods for babies and adds a highly nutritious option. Starting your baby off right with a variety of foods full of baby vitamins will develop good eating habits to last throughout their lives. If you want more specific information on the many avocado nutrition facts such as exact amount of fats, carbohydrates & vitamins check out this link which should give you all the specific information you need!