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By on August 3, 2015


There has been a great deal of debate about avocados because they are high in fat. As a result, many people assume that this fruit is bad for their health. However, you must understand the type of fat in avocados. They contain what is referred to as healthy fats, which your body actually needs. As a result, these fruits have a number of different health benefits to the point that you will definitely want to add them to your diet or your smoothies. So, let’s look at what is so special about this humble green fruit.

Nutrition Value

There is a great deal of nutrition value to an avocado. One of these fruits will contain Vitamins C, B5, B6, E, and K. It will also contain potassium, folate, manganese, magnesium, copper, iron, phosphorus, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and zinc. One avocado will offer about two grams of protein and 15 grams of healthy fat as well as seven grams of fiber.

When you consume even a small amount of avocado every single day, then you will be getting nutrients that you would have to glean from several different foods otherwise.

Let’s take it a step further. Avocados have about 100 grams of potassium per 3.5 ounce serving. That’s a much higher concentration than you would even find in a banana. The high levels of potassium can help to lower your blood pressure and even help prevent kidney failure, heart attack, and stroke.

Monounsaturated Fatty Acids

Avocados are high in oleic acid, which is a monounsaturated fatty acid and it is very good for your health. Oleic acid has shown to have high anti-inflammatory properties. And, if you have been keeping up with health news, then you will know that inflammation has been attributed to causing a wide variety of conditions including diabetes.

Oleic acid has also been linked to reducing the risk of certain types of cancers.

Regulating Cholesterol

There have been a total of eight human trials about avocados and their effect on cholesterol and the risks that come along with high cholesterol, like heart disease, high blood pressure, etc. These studies found the following facts:

• Avocados can make a significant reduction in total cholesterol levels.
• Avocados, when taken regularly, reduce triglycerides by 20%.
• They can lower LDL (bad cholesterol) by as much as 22%.
• They also increase HDL (good cholesterol) by as much as 11%.

In other words, when it comes to cholesterol, avocados have a lot to offer and you don’t have to eat them constantly to get those health benefits. Just having a serving every day or using avocados in your juices occasionally will make a big difference.

Avocados have gotten a bad rap in the past, but now we know more about good fats and how important they are for health. If you add avocados to your diet, you will be surprised at how much they can offer, including regulating cholesterol, fighting off inflammation, and providing numerous different nutrients that your body needs to use in order to function properly for your well-being.

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About Lionel Correia

Lionel is a fitness enthusiast, juicing advocate, and serial entrepreneur. He loves real estate, but is even more passionate about health, wellness and a positive mindset. He’s a graduate of the University of Arizona and prides himself on establishing great habits because great habits lead to great results. His favorite workouts include, yoga, spin class, sprints on the track and resistance training. He believes that if you desire a strong healthy body, you must first build mental toughness because a healthy body requires a disciplined mind and great habits.

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