In recent years, it seems that not only fashion follows a cycle of “what is new is now old, and what old is new”.. but also fruits and vegetables too. In just a few years, we saw a meteoric rise of Avocado. It went from D-List to A-List real quick. Avocados are now a hot commodity. Despite being consumed by humans for thousands of years.
But regardless of its popularity, Avocados have always been a superstar, when it comes to its health benefits. A medium sized avocado has an approx. 80 calories, has at least 20 different vitamins, mineral and phytonutrients. An ideal candidate for a heart-friendly source of fat (unsaturated fat & polyunsaturated fat). The fruit is also a good source of fiber, vitamins like C, E and B6 and essential minerals like copper, magnesium and iron.
That’s why, here some ways on how your body can benefit from eating an avocado:
1. Heart-friendly - What makes Avocado, a heart-friendly choice for fat, it's because of the amount of “good fat” present. “Good fat” is monounsaturated fat (a class of fatty acid). This type of fat, which is rich in oleic acid, has the ability to lower the levels of LDL (Low-density Lipoprotein) and increase HDL (High-density lipoprotein). Reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke, through the reduction of fat build up (LDL) in arteries, which can lead to atherosclerosis. It can also help lower levels of triglycerides.
2. Low-Glycemic Index & Blood Sugar Regulation - Avocado is one of those fruits that are considered to on the Low - Glycemic Index. Making it suitable for people who are managing their daily dietary sugar intake. Containing an approx. 0.7 grams per 100grams (USDA). With that in mind avocado is also loaded with fiber.
3. Fiber Rich - Not only having a low -glycemic index. Avocado is also rich in fiber, which helps in regulating the body’s blood-sugar levels. The presence of fiber helps reduce the sudden increase of the body’s blood-sugar levels. Preventing the body to rapidly produce insulin in order to bring down and normalize the presence the level of glucose in the blood. Reducing the risk for certain diseases like developing type II diabetes.
In conclusion, avocado is a very filling fruit, packed with various nutrients that can help the body stay healthy. But it’s not enough to rely on one fruit to get these benefits. Our body will greatly appreciate it if we incorporate a wide variety of fruits and vegetables into our diet. But just like any dietary changes, it’s best to also consult your board-certified physician/dietician or medical practitioner for he or she can give you an advice on how to incorporate fruits like avocado in your diet.