What You Didn’t Know About Avocados
Erin Kelly | My Body
What do we know about avocados? Well, they’re delicious. However, they also promote heart health, are packed with monounsaturated fat, and can help lower LDL (the bad cholesterol) levels while raising the amount of HDL (the good cholesterol) in your body.
Wait, there’s more! Here are five things you may not know about avocados that’ll make you more in love with them than ever.
More Potassium Than Bananas
Bananas regularly get the glory for being loaded with potassium, but a single avocado has 975 milligrams of this mineral, which is crucial for heart and kidney health. Bananas deliver just half of that amount, with just over 400 milligrams per yellow fruit.
Can Help Improve Vision
Avocados contain lots of antioxidants, including lutein and zeaxanthin, which protect your eyes from harmful light waves and can decrease your risk of eye disease. Studies also suggest lutein and zeaxanthin reduce the risk of cataract and macular degeneration, common conditions in the elderly.
May Help Fight Cancer
Containing 20 vitamins and minerals, including a quarter of your daily vitamin C intake and B-6, avocados play an essential part in the growth and repair of your body tissue and help your body fight off infection and diseases — even cancer. Studies suggest avocados may reduce side effects of chemotherapy in human lymphocytes, and avocado extract has been found to stunt the growth of prostate cancer cells.
Thinking of planning a spring detox? Avocados can help you achieve that energy boost and a better night’s sleep that come with cleaning out your body. The high rate of antioxidants in avocados help to transport harmful toxins out of your body as you absorb healthier elements, like protein, potassium and magnesium, which reduces the overall chemicals and toxins in your body.
Can Help Regulate Your Digestive Tract
Beans aren’t the only way to get your fiber fix. A medium-sized avocado contains roughly 10 grams of fiber, which is 18 percent of your daily, recommended intake. Seventy-five percent of that fiber is insoluble — meaning it speeds up the digestive process. This high can help regulate your metabolism and even promote weight loss!
Now that you know the added benefits of avocado consumption, you can help yourself to a ripe fruit whenever you’re ready — and as often as possible! For recipe ideas, try these five healthy twists on avocado toast and start reaping the benefits today.