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By Candice Robbertze

1. Avocado is Incredibly Nutritious

Avocados are very nutritious and contain a wide variety of nutrients, including 20 different vitamins and minerals.

Here are some of the most abundant nutrients, in a single 3.5 ounce (100 gram) serving:

  • Vitamin K: 26% of the RDA.
  • Folate: 20% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin C: 17% of the RDA.
  • Potassium: 14% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B5: 14% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B6: 13% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin E: 10% of the RDA.
  • Then it contains small amounts of Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin).

This is coming with 160 calories, 2 grams of protein and 15 grams of healthy fats. Although it contains 9 grams of carbs, 7 of those are fiber so there are only 2 “net” carbs, making this a low-carb friendly plant food.

 

2. They Contain More Potassium Than Bananas

Avocado

Potassium is a nutrient that most people aren’t getting enough of .

This nutrient helps maintain electrical gradients in the body’s cells and serves various important functions.

Avocados are actually very high in potassium… with a 100 gram (3.5 ounce) serving containing 14% of the RDA, compared to 10% in bananas, which are a typical high potassium food .

 

3. Avocado is Loaded With Heart-Healthy Monounsaturated Fatty Acids

Avocado Oil

Again, avocado is a high fat food.

In fact, 77% of the calories in it are from fat, making it one of the fattiest plant foods in existence.

But they don’t just contain any fat… the majority of the fat in avocado is oleic acid.

This is a monounsaturated fatty acid that is also the major component in olive oil and believed to be responsible for some of its beneficial effects.

 

4. Avocados Are Loaded With Fiber

Smiling Young Woman, Holding an Avocado

Fiber is another nutrient found in relatively large amounts in avocado.

Fiber is indigestible plant matter that can contribute to weight loss, reduce blood sugar spikes and is strongly linked to a lower risk of many diseases .

A distinction is often made between soluble and insoluble fiber.

Soluble fiber is known to be able to feed the friendly gut bacteria in the intestine, which are very important for the optimal function of our bodies.

A 100 gram (3.5 ounce) serving of avocado contains 7 grams of fiber, which is 27% of the recommended daily amount.

 

 

. Eating Avocados Can Lower Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels

Heart and Stethoscope

Studies have shown that avocados can:

  • Reduce total cholesterol levels significantly.
  • Reduce blood triglycerides by up to 20%.
  • Lower LDL cholesterol by up to 22%.
  • Increase HDL (the “good”) cholesterol by up to 11%.

 

To read the remaining benefits read the full article: http://authoritynutrition.com/12-proven-benefits-of-avocado/

 

Candice
About Candice
Owner and founder of Calorie Conscious. As a trained chef, and having experience in both Nutrition and fitness, Candice's has a passion for a healthier and fitter lifestyle for her clients, bringing about a new and healthier way to enjoy eating Gluten Free / Wheat Free and Low Carb Meals and Baked items.

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12 Proven Benefits of Avocado