4 Reasons You Need Avocados in Your Life
You may noticed a lot of people talking about avocados in the news recently thanks to a proposed tax on imports from Mexico. Americans love their avocados, the seed-bearing fruit of the persea americana tree. And for good reason.
According to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Services Department, the United States imports just over 1.5 million pounds of the fruit each year from its neighbor to the south, or roughly 80 percent of the country’s total consumption. So what makes these unattractive fruits, sometimes referred to to as “alligator pears,” so dear to American consumers? Well, not only does guacamole, which uses avocados as its primary ingredient, go great with everything from nachos to burgers, avocados are considered to be a “Super Food” that is loaded with all kind of vitamins and minerals.
Here are just a few of the surprising benefits of having avocado as a staple in any healthy diet:
Avocados are chocked full of vitamins and nutrients. Did you know that an avocado has more potassium than a banana? Or that they contain nearly as much carotenoids, which promote healthy vision, as an actual carrot?
Speaking of eye, avocados are also high in Lutein and Zeaxanthin, which have proven to slow macular degeneration in the elderly.
Avocados are high in “good” cholesterol. The “meat” from avocados have one of the highest fat contents of any other plant. Over three-quarters of the calories in a serving of avocados is due to that fat. This is actually a really good thing.
Avocado fat comes in the form of monounsaturated oleic acid, similar to that found in olive oil. The high density lipoproteins, considered “good cholesterol,” help reduce blood triglyceride, lower blood pressure and can act as a natural anti-inflammatory which can reduce the risk of heart disease, one of the most common causes of death in the world.
Since they are high in the natural fats, avocados can also help maximize the fat-soluble nutrients from other plants in your digestive system.
Avocados are a natural appetite suppressant. Because avocados help to get the most out of other foods and are also naturally high in fiber, they can keep your body from feeling hungry. A high-fiber diet can help increase metabolism, regulate blood sugar spikes while promoting overall intestinal health.
They are also low in carbohydrates which helps with the weight loss process.
Avocado oil can act as an all-natural beauty product. The benefits of avocados aren’t just a result of eating them. When avocado oil is applied topically to the skin, it can replenish nutrients and act as a natural moisturizer. Since avocados contain lots of Vitamin D, it can help repair damaged skin and help restore elasticity, resulting in reduced wrinkles and fine lines.
The high nutrient content can also stimulate hair follicle growth while the natural oils rejuvenate dried, cracked hair and split-ends giving you fuller, thicker hair.
With all the benefits derived from avocados, it is no wonder Americans are wary about their future availability. Find a way to enjoy avocados as often as you can since they can be helpful to your health!
My favorite way to enjoy avocado? Guacamole!