Information Regarding the Nutrition Benefits of Avocados

Avocados are one of the healthiest foods out there, and a great addition to anyone’s diet. For a long time they were considered a somewhat exotic fruit, and most people would only eat them as the main ingredient in Guacamole. Thankfully the avocado has come into its own over the last couple of years. This superfood is now available pretty much anywhere you might do your groceries, and more and more people are curious about the benefits of adding an avocado a day into their diet.

For starters, avocados are rich in some really healthy fats. There was a time when many health-conscious people were avoiding avocados because they were worried about the high fat content in these fruits. Thankfully, people these days are learning that there are good fats and healthy fats and avocados come packed with the healthy variety. Avocados feature a lot of monounsaturated fats, which are great for reducing bad cholesterol. The high fat content of Avocados also makes them a great source of energy throughout the day, which is a big reason why they’re often found in abundance within vegetarian diets.

Their monounsaturated fats aren’t the only reason why Avocados are known as a real heart healthy food; they are also contain plenty of folate. For those who don’t know, people whose diets are rich in this important nutrient are far less likely to come down with heart disease than others. On top of that, avocados also have tons of Vitamin E and Gluthathione, both of which provide great benefits to the health of your heart.

Aside from being heart-healthy, avocados are also known to reduce the incidence of cancer in individuals who eat them regularly. Avocados have been linked to reduced rates of prostate, breast and oral cancers. While some of the cancer blocking compounds within this fruit are clearly identified (like oleic acid), there are others which aren’t as clearly isolated, but are known to kill cells that are likely to turn cancerous.
As a whole, avocados are a very nutrient rich food. While each avocado contains a large amount of calories (sometimes in excess of 700 for each fruit) none of those calories are empty or wasted. Rich in potassium, fiber, vitamin E and a whole host of other important macro and micronutrients, avocados have been a staple food of everyone from vegans to natural bodybuilders.

If you are interested in incorporating more avocados into your diet, than you have a lot of options. As mentioned before, avocados form the basis of Guacamole, which can be eaten with all sorts of chips and raw vegetables. Some people enjoy slicing up avocados and layering them in salads or on sandwiches. For example, they go especially well with turkey sandwiches. Avocado smoothies make a really refreshing drink on warm days and provide an easy way to get an avocado in each day.

Interestingly enough, one of the best ways to learn how to prepare this fruit is to read a few raw vegan cookbooks. Avocados are especially popular among raw food enthusiasts, who have figured out dozens of creative ways to use this versatile, healthy fruit.