There is a reason avocados have been the darlings of social media, and they've been called "America's new favorite fruit." It turns out; avocados are popular for a good reason. Not only are they delicious, they're packed with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that can help keep you healthy.
Avocado is high in healthy fats. We know that we need fats to make us feel satiated longer—they are denser calorically, so they provide incredible amounts of energy for workouts or an active day. Monounsaturated fats are essential for heart health. They lower "bad" Cholesterol levels, aka low-density lipoprotein or LDL cholesterol, which can build up in your arteries. Monounsaturated fats also heighten the level of "good" cholesterol in your body, known as high-density lipoprotein or HDL, which transports cholesterol throughout your body back to the liver, where it's processed out of the body to detox and prevent buildup.
Here are some of the most abundant nutrients, in a single 3.5-ounce (100-gram) serving :
- Vitamin K: 26% of the daily value (DV)
- Folate: 20% of the DV
- Vitamin C: 17% of the DV
- Potassium: 14% of the DV
- Vitamin B5: 14% of the DV
- Vitamin B6: 13% of the DV
- Vitamin E: 10% of the DV
- It also contains small amounts of magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc, phosphorous, and vitamins A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (niacin).
Avocados are excellent food, loaded with nutrients, many of which are lacking in the modern diet.
They're weight loss friendly, heart-healthy and, last but not least, taste incredible.