Avocados have become very popular in the last couple of years and are known as a superfood. They are very nutritious and contain approximately 20 different vitamins and minerals.
They are also low in sodium and cholesterol, but get their bad reputation because of their fat content. However, they have healthy fats that actually are more beneficial than harmful for the body.
Did you know that in a single serving of Avocado (3.5 ounce) you can get:
- Vitamin K: 26% of the RDA
- Folate: 20% of theRDA
- Potassium: 14% of the RDA
- Vitamin C: 17% of the RDA
- Vitamin B 5: 14% of the RDA
- Vitamin B6: 13% of the RDA
- Vitamin E: 10 % of the RDA
Keep Heart Healthy
Avocados are loaded with Heart-Healthy Monounsaturated Fatty Acids and fiber that help to lower LDL and raise your good HDL cholesterol. They also help to regulate blood sugar and reduce inflammation.
Interesting enough, avocados actually have more potassium than bananas which help to maintain blood pressure levels.
Magnesium is also a great mineral that is great for the heart and helps with constipation.
Having more avocados in your diet will not only keep your health healthy, but also help keep bowel movements regular.
What about the fat content in Avocados
Avocados are high in fat, but have monounsaturated fat, which is a good fat. However, a medium avocado is around 320 calories and contains 30 grams of fat. With this said, it would be unrealistic to eat a whole one every single day and better off eating a half portion a day. Always remembering to use moderation is important even with healthy items.
The best way to use avocados or avocado oil is in its raw form. Heating monounsaturated fats in high temperatures actually changes the fat structure, turning them into unhealthy fats. Using avocado oil as salad dressing is much better than cooking with them, however if using it for sautéing, it is best to use at a low temperature for only a short time.