Avocados may be the ultimate healthy food. They are not only creamy and delicious, they are easy to pack anywhere, filling, and inexpensive.
Here are some reasons you need to start eating them everyday.
1. They will help you to stay slim.
Yes, they may be packed with fats, but, avocados are actually quite low in calories. one medium avocado has around 250 calories, which is much lower than the equivalent amount in other fatty foods such as cheese, butter or mayonnaise. You can easily use avocado as a replacement for these other foods, such as in spread and condiment recipes, or on top of your sandwiches. You will be getting half of the calories and fat that you would otherwise be getting!
2. They can stabilize and lower your blood pressure.
Potassium is a key to having a healthy blood pressure. One medium avocado can provide up to 20% of the Daily Value (DV) of potassium for adults – a whopping 700 grams. A diet that is rich in potassium can also reduce your risk of kidney stones, which is definitely another benefit as well.
3. They are full of nutrition
Here’s something special about avocados – because they are full of healthy fats, they are nutrient boosters. This means, eating them enables your body to absorb certain fat-soluble nutrients much more easily and at a higher level. Key vitamins such as A, D, E and K require fat to process, so adding avocado to your diet will boost these nutrients. In addition, the avocados themselves are chock full of nutrients such as vitamin E, vitamin C, iron, potassium, lutein, folate, fiber and more. Eat up!
4. They can keep your heart healthy.
The fats in avocados are the “good” kind – meaning they are monounsaturated fats, which are the kinds that can actually lower your “bad” cholesterol levels. Monounsaturated fats are important to a healthy diet. Avocados provide 3 grams of monounsaturated fat in every ounce.
To pick the perfect avocado, make sure it yields to pressure yet not too much. The best way to have perfectly ripe avocados is to buy them unripe and check on them everyday in your kitchen until they are perfectly ripe. Once ripe, you can keep them in the fridge for 3-4 days and it should stay at that level of ripeness for that duration. So eat up and enjoy the benefits!