Are Avocados Good For You?

Many folks refuse to eat avocados because of their high calories and fat content. However, there are significantly more reasons to consume them than to avoid this heart healthy fruit.

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NaturalNews says that avocados boost health in at least five ways:

1. Protein “Avocados provide all 18 essential amino acids necessary for the body to form a complete protein. Unlike the protein in steak, which is difficult for most people to digest, avocado protein is readily absorbed by the body because avocados also contain fiber. If you are trying to cut down on animal sources of protein in your diet, or if you are a vegetarian, vegan or raw foodist seeking more protein, avocados are a great nutritional ally to include not merely as an occasional treat, but as a regular part of your diet.

2. Beneficial Fats “Avocados provide the healthy kind of fat that your body needs. Like olive oil, avocados boost levels of HDL (the “good” cholesterol). HDL cholesterol can help protect against the damage causeavocado1d by free radicals. This type of cholesterol also helps regulate triglyceride levels, preventing diabetes. A study published early this year in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that a vegetarian diet, which includes HDL fats, can reduce levels of LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) as effectively as statin drugs.

3. Carotenoids “Avocados are an excellent source of carotenoids. Although many people associate carotenoids only with red and orange produce, avocados are also an excellent source of this phytonutrient. Avocados, also known as alligator pears, offer a diverse range of carotenoids including not only the better known ones such as beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and lutein, but also lesser known varieties of this type of phytonutrient such as neoxanthin, zeaxanthin, chrysanthemaxanthin, neochrome, beta-cryptoxanthin and violaxanthin. Every time you consume foods rich in carotenoids, you deliver high quality vitamin A to your body, thereby protecting eye health. Carotenoids also enhance the functioning of the immune system and promote healthy functioning of the reproductive system. Since carotenoids are fat soluble, eating avocados optimizes the absorption of these nutrients.

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4. Anti-Inflammatory
“The combined effect of the deluxe package of nutrients contained in avocados offers powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. Avocados’ unique combination of Vitamins C and E, carotenoids, selenium, zinc, phytosterols and omega-3 fatty acids helps guard against inflammation. This means avocados can help prevent or mitigate against both osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis.

5. Heart Health “To get the most nutritional value from avocados, avoid those which have become over-ripe. You can identify these at the store because they will have dents and feel overly soft when you hold them. A ripe avocado should have no dents in its skin and will feel slightly soft when squeezed. You can also buy unripe avocados, which feel very hard when gripped, and permit them to ripen at home. The portion of the avocado closest to the skin is the most dense in nutrients, so be sure to scrape the skin clean before discarding it.

 

Lastly, Joe Theissman step aside, avocados are a super source of beta-sitosterol which is very positive for men’s prostate health.

Mr. Lazy cook advocates avocados. When I was in London, many restaurants served a half of an avocado cut lengthwise, pit removed, filled with vinegar and oil salad dressing. I got to really love these and fix them at home often. What could be simpler?

Tony

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11 responses to “Are Avocados Good For You?

  1. donutsplace

    Reblogged this on Reflections on life and food and commented:
    Avocados are so yummilicious!

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  2. donutsplace

    When I am finished with a avocado, I will run my fingers on the inside of the “hull” to get all I can off and use it for a facial mask. Great nutrients for your skin! Let it pretty much dry up so it will asorb more into your skin.
    Then wash off. It makes your skin so soft and smooth. You won’t need a chemical moisturizer! This one is natural. 🙂

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    • Cool. Thanks for sharing that. As an old guy, I don’t have much interest in making my skin soft and smooth. I have moisturizers in my aftershave. Also, I do use coconut oil both before and after shaving. It covers a multitude of sins. I used to to heal my facial scar from skin cancer surgery.

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  3. donutsplace

    Smile…yes I understand 😉
    A lot of women love that..soft face. Guys…not so much. 😉
    My husband has a lot of the skin cancer problems too.

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  4. I bought a bag of avocados at my grocery past weekend, and then had buyers regret as I didn’t know what to do with them. Had an epiphany to slice one avocado and add to my daily egg breakfast burrito to make it a bit healthier.
    Thanks for timely article on pros of advocados.

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  5. Carol Buchanan

    Thanks very helpful, I will try this, I glad you shared this information.

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