Just in case you needed another reason to love avocados, here are (some of) the health benefits associated with avocado consumption:
While most fruits and vegetables consist mainly of carbohydrates, avocados are unique in that they are low in carbohydrates but high in healthy fats.
The majority of the fat in avocado is oleic acid — a monounsaturated fatty acid that is also found in olive oil and has been associated with a variety of health benefits including inflammation reduction, decreased blood cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Oleic acid can also help to prevent heart disease and other related heart conditions.
The fats in avocado are also resistant to heat-induced oxidation, making avocado oil an excellent oil for cooking.
They Contain all of the Nutrients:
A single avocado contains the following nutrients:
Avocados also contain small amounts of magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc, phosphorous and vitamins A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (niacin).
Did you also know that avocados are high in fibre and contain more potassium than a banana meaning they are great for digestions and healthy bowels?
So, not only are avocados highly nutritious (and obviously delicious), it can dramatically increase the nutrient value of other plant foods that you are eating. This is an excellent reason to always include a healthy fat source when you eat veggies. Without it, a lot of the beneficial plant nutrients will go to waste.
Avocados are full of Glutathione which is a powerful antioxidant associated with good immune health!
They are Great for Skin
Avocados and avocado oil have a high vitamin C and vitamin E content, which has been linked to skin benefits such as increased collagen production – helping to maintain firmness and elasticity.
They are Great for Eyes
Avocados are an excellent source of the carotenoid lutein, which reduces the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.
Improved Brain Function
Want to kickstart your brain in the morning? Skip the coffee, and eat some avo instead. All the nutrients in avo can help boost your energy levels, fight fatigue and put you in a good mood. Check out Avo Club founder Katrina's smoothie recipe here.
Great for Little Growing Bodies and Growing Bellies
Avocados’ soft and creamy texture and mild flavour make them an ideal first food for babies. The vitamins and minerals in avos help infant growth and development, brain function, muscles and nerves, and immunity! Avocados also contain heaps of folic acid which is essential during pregnancy!