Packed with healthy doses of essential vitamins, avocados are also a good source of monounsaturated fats and fiber.
A native fruit from Mexico, the avocado is commonly known as an ingredient for guacamole and frequently paired with tortilla chips, but its versatility represents so much more than that. Its also a summertime favorite and our superfood of the season. Fresh avocados are a natural part of a healthy diet. Avocados offer a variety of favorable health benefits. While almost three-quarters of the avocados calories come from fat, most is healthy, monounsaturated fat that appears to not raise LDL cholesterol, per the American Heart Association.
Fiber content is another benefit of the avocado. The amount of insoluble and soluble fiber makes this fruit a unique source because most foods do not contain both types. According to the Mayo Clinic, insoluble fiber is a natural digestive aid, while soluble fiber is effective for appetite control.
Full of B vitamins along with vitamin K and vitamin E, the avocado helps metabolize the body and is great for healthy skin maintenance. The Harvard School of Public Health reports that vitamin K has been linked with ensuring that bones are growing properly and bone density is maintained as you age. A study on vitamin E from the University of Illinois at Chicago suggests that it can head off conditions like retinopathy, which is damage to the blood vessels of the retina.
Did you know?
One cup of avocado has:
- 4.5g of protein
- 19.62g of carbohydrates
- 1,166mg of potassium
- 23mg of vitamin C
- 0mg cholesterol
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