5 REASONS why it is good to eat AVOCADO
Avocado is a tropical fruit that many call a super-food, because it is very healthy, rich in nutrients and brings numerous benefits to the body, and it has become extremely popular in recent years, despite the fact that it is not cheap at all.
This green fruit has become indispensable in kitchens around the world – and with good reason. Avocados bring a variety health benefits and is versatile and adaptable for preparing different meals.
Avocado is used in soups, sauces, even chocolate pralines. It is full of nutrients and can be a useful addition to a balanced diet.
1. Avocados are rich in omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids help lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Often called LDL cholesterol, it is also known as “bad cholesterol”, while high-density lipoprotein or HDL is “good cholesterol”.
According to the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most of the cholesterol in the human body is LDL cholesterol. People with high levels of this cholesterol have an increased risk of stroke or heart disease.
2. It is an excellent source of potassium
A serving of 100 grams of avocado contains 485 milligrams of potassium, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. By comparison, a banana has 358 milligrams of potassium per 100 grams.
This mineral is widely present in our body and necessary for the functioning of tissues such as nerve, muscle and heart. It carries with it a positive charge and is the most common positive ion (cation) inside the cell. Thanks to that, potassium participates in the conduction of electrical impulses in cells, which is why, in addition to sodium, calcium, magnesium, chloride, phosphate and bicarbonate, it is an important group of electrolytes.
Potassium too has a positive effect against high blood pressure. High sodium levels can increase blood pressure, and potassium allows more sodium to leave the body through urine. This in turn lowers our blood pressure.
3. Avocado is rich in monounsaturated fats
Monounsaturated fatty acids help regulate blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Monounsaturated fatty acids typically have one double bond in their molecules.
4. They contain a lot of fiber
There are avocados almost 7 grams of fiber per 100 grams.
High-fiber foods tend to keep you full longer than low-fiber foods, making avocados a great choice for people who care about their body weight.
5. Avocado is rich in folate
This fatty fruit is rich in folate, with 81 micrograms per 100 grams of avocado.
Folate is a vitamin B9 that is important for proper brain function and a healthy pregnancy.
The National Institutes of Health, the Office of Dietary Supplements (USA), recommends that women of reproductive age consume about 400 micrograms of folate per day. Pregnant women should increase their intake to 600 micrograms a day.
Folate can help prevent birth defects, especially those that affect the baby’s brain and spine, during the early weeks of pregnancy.
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