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Avocado Health Benefits

Avocado or alligator pear also refers to the fruit, botanically a large berry that contains a single seed. They have a green-skinned, fleshy body that may be pear-shaped, egg-shaped, or spherical.

 

The avocado also has 60 percent more potassium than a banana. In addition, the avocado’s nutritional composition includes a large amount of fiber. Almost three-quarters of that fiber are insoluble with the rest being soluble fiber.

 

Without getting too detailed, let’s just say all that insoluble fiber helps things go smoothly in the bathroom. An average avocado contains around 4 grams of protein, which is much more than most other fruits.

 

Avocado is a great source of monounsaturated oleic acid that research has shown to both reduce dangerous low-density lipoprotein cholesterol at the same time as increasing the more beneficial high-density lipoprotein cholesterol.

 

Avocado benefits also include protecting your skin from wrinkles and other visible signs of aging with its antioxidant carotenoids, vitamin E which helps guard against photo-aging from sun exposure and vitamin C which is involved in the creation of elastin and collagen for maintaining your skin’s elasticity and firmness. Avocados are a good source of potassium, and vitamins C, K, folate, and B6.

 

Half an avocado has 160 calories, 15 grams of heart-healthy unsaturated fat, and only 2 grams saturated fat. Avocado is an excellent source of carotenoid lutein, which known to help protect against age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

 

The high levels of folate in avocados may also protect against stroke. A study has shown that individuals who ate a diet rich in folate had a lower risk of stroke than those who did not.

 

Avocados also contain oleic acid, a fat that activates the part of your brain that makes you feel full.

 

Healthier unsaturated fats containing oleic acid have been shown to produce a greater feeling of satiety than less-healthy saturated fats and Trans fats found in processed foods.

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