All you need to know about Avocado
Avocados may be fatty, but that doesn’t mean that they are bad for your health.
Avocados are relatively high in fat and calories (138 calories and 14.1g fat in half a medium-sized avocado). But they’re also one of the best foods you can eat, packed with nutrients and heart-healthy compounds. Here are five great reasons to eat them regularly.
Nutritional breakdown of avocados
Healthy fats – fats account for around three quarters of the calorie count of an avocado. Most of it is monounsaturated fat, in the form of oleic acid. Monounsaturated fat is considered to be a “good fat” which reduces levels of bad cholesterol in your blood and lowers your risk of stroke and heart disease. (Read more about fats)
Protein – an average avocado contains around 4 grams of protein, which is much more than most other fruits.(Read more about proteins)
Sugar – avocado’s sugar content is low compared to other fruits. Half an avocado contains approximately 0.2 g of sugar.
Vitamins and minerals – avocados are an excellent source of potassium (containing more per weight than bananas). In addition, avocados are rich in vitamin K, Vitamin B9, vitamin B6, vitamin B5 vitamin C, and vitamin E.(Read more about vitamins & minerals)
Dietary fiber – a medium avocado contains 11 grams of fiber, which is close to half of the daily recommended minimum intake.
7 Health benefits of Avocados:
1. Avocados are packed with carotenoids that works as an antioxidant and helps protect against eye disease.
2. Avocados can help you lose weight.
3. Avocados can help stabilize blood sugar.
4. Avocados can protect your unborn baby and your heart.
5. Avocados can help lower your cholesterol.
6. Avocados may help prevent cancer.
7. Avocados may reduce the risk of diabetes, stroke, and coronary artery disease.
Risks and precautions
It is important to consult your doctor if you begin to experience any unpleasant side effects after eating avocado.
Despite being very rare, avocado allergies do exist. According to a case report published in the journal Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology, avocado allergies are associated with “coughing, wheezing, nasal stuffiness, generalized urticaria and periorbital edema.”