Why are avocados good for you
Avocado was originally a native Mexican fruit with a single seed in it, but it has been bred into more than 80 varieties now. Also known as the crocodile pear, avocados are actually considered to be a kind of berry. In spite of having its origin in Mexico, the green, fleshy fruit is now grown everywhere, due to its commercial value and popularity. Avocado is particularly famous for the health benefits (one of the natural “superfoods” or “super fruits”) that one can gain from consuming it on a fairly regular basis and we will discuss those benefits in the following paragraphs.
High protein content –- Since avocados have more protein in them than most other fruits anywhere on earth, it is often considered to be an adequate fruit for bodybuilders and athletes; in the sense that it might help them in their quest to gain muscle mass. Although the exact amount of protein may differ from species to species, it is estimated that within every species of avocado, there is at least 2.7 grams of protein in each fruit. It is to be remembered though, that although avocados are quite protein-rich, they are fruits and fruits can hardly contain enough protein to be sufficient on their own. It is for that reason as to why it is advised to make an avocado shake with other nutrient-rich components to really provide your body with a protein-nutrient boost.
Fatty Acids –- Avocados are extremely rich in monounsaturated fatty acids; so much so that certain species of the fruit can be more than 20 times richer than any other fruit, excepting of course, olives. However, avocados also have polyunsaturated and saturated fats in them, but not quite as much as monounsaturated fatty acids. Unknown to many of us, these fats actually helps in keeping one fit as it reduces the urge to overeat, while improving our basal metabolic rate. Oleic and linoleic acids, found in an ample amount within the avocado are particularly good for the heart as these acids help with the production of HDL or good cholesterol while reducing LDL or bad cholesterol.
Minerals –- Avocados are rich in minerals such as potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, iron and folates. As a result, these fruits help in fetal development, tissue making, blood circulation, controlling blood pressure levels, prevention of kidney stones, balancing the metabolic cycle and balancing one’s level of body electrolytes. Its rich mineral content is one of the reasons as to why pregnant women are often advised to have avocados.
Vitamins and fiber –- Dietary fiber helps in digestion and also during defecation, especially for those who suffer from constipation. Although bananas and certain other fruits are also quite rich in fiber, what sets avocado apart is the fact that it does not have any starch or sodium in it at all, which makes this fruit perfect for even patients suffering from the effects of excess blood sugar. The lack of sugar or salt makes avocado pretty useless as far as the taste is concerned, but due to the same tastelessness, avocados are appropriate for patients with duodenum ulcers. Vitamin A, B complex and folic acid are important nutrients for the human body in general, but pregnant women need these even more than others and that is one more reason as to why avocados are often advised during pregnancy.
Antioxidants -– Avocados have powerful anti-oxidants in them that help humans to be more resistive to eye-problems such as glaucoma, cataracts, astigmatism; especially when people become more susceptible to these diseases due to ageing. Potassium, calcium, Vitamin C and vitamin E are all effective anti-oxidants and they are all present in the healing fruit, or as we know it, the avocado.