By Chioma Umeha
Avocado is arguably one of the most delicious foods, a versatile ingredient that enlivens dishes and even drinks. Studies have shown that it is a healthy food too, full of ‘good fats’ and lots of vitamins.
Here are some of factsconfirmed by studies about Avocados nutrients that may be surprising.
They are high in ‘good fat.’ Avocados are packed with monounsaturated fats, which fight heart disease and can reduce potentially harmful cholesterol.
Antioxidants are abundant in avocado. Avocados are full of antioxidants, which are believed to protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.
Avocados are chock-full of vitamins. Amounts of the vitamins in avocado can vary, but the fruit is full of important vitamins K, C, B5, B6, and E.
They have got protein. Unlike many other fruits, an avocado actually contains protein. The amount of protein depends on the size of the fruit, but about 100 grams of avocado contains two grams of protein.
You do not have to eat avocado to reap benefits. Eating avocados is really good for you, but it is also a great addition to your beauty routine.
You can substitute avocado in place of more fattening oils or butter. The California Avocado Association details how avocado can be a healthier alternative to regular baking ingredients.
It might be a nutrient booster. The growers’ group also suggests that avocado consumption could help the body absorb other nutrients from food; one study seems to support this idea.
They are good for pregnant women. Avocados contain folate, which is essential for growing babies.
And do not forget about the potassium. Avocados, like bananas, contain potassium, which is an important mineral to consume for a number of bodily functions and processes.