Avocado love

Today we’re going to chat about the health benefits of avocado! Latest trends such as adding some avocado to your smoothie, including it in brownies, or sprucing up your avocado toast has made this food a staple in some homes. 

So what’s so great about them?

Avocados offer nearly 20 vitamins and minerals in every serving. They’re a great source of B vitamins, which help you fight off disease and infection. They also provide a good amount of Vitamin C and E! (2) Here are some of the most abundant nutrients found in a single 3.5 ounce (100 gram) serving (1);

Vitamin K: 26% of the RDA.
Folate: 20% of the RDA.
Vitamin C: 17% of the RDA.
Potassium: 14% of the RDA.
Vitamin B5: 14% of the RDA.
Vitamin B6: 13% of the RDA.
Vitamin E: 10% of the RDA.

Some people might think avocados should be avoided because they are high in fat. Avocados are high in monounsaturated fat, which is considered a “healthy” fat. Monounsaturated fat helps to lower bad cholesterol when eaten in moderation. Since avocado contains fiber (more than 40% of your daily requirement), it will actually help you feel full longer.

Now that we’ve covered some of the nutrients found in avocados, what makes them so good for us?

Healthy gut
Avocados helps aid digestion, since they contain insoluble and soluble fibers that help your system run smoothly.

Healthy hair and skin
Avocados contain nutrients that are beneficial for keeping your skin and hair healthy! Avocados can be used externally on your skin or hair as masks, and avocado oil can help improve the health of your skin. (3)

Healthy eyes
Avocado provides carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which help protect your eyes against cataracts, eye diseases related to age, and macular degeneration. These conditions are caused by free radicals, so the carotenoids from avocado may help counteract them. (3)

Healthy heart
Eating avocados can help lower your cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Numerous studies have shown that eating avocado can improve heart disease risk factors like Total, LDL and HDL cholesterol, as well as blood triglycerides.

Help Arthritis symptoms
Studies have shown that an extract from avocado and soybean oils can significantly reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis.

It’s easy to see how great avocado is for us, and of the best things about avocado is that it’s so easy to incorporate into your daily diet. Just add it to your smoothies, brownies, guacamole, toast, or even in your chocolate mousse! Have fun trying out new recipes and spread some avocado love!

Sources: (1) (2) (3)
This post is contributed by Samantha Thayer, Online Outreach and Education Specialist from What’s Up, USANA?. For more information on health, feel free to visit their blog or find them on Twitter @USANAInc.

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