The next time you're out for Mexican food and you choose to pass on the guac thinking it's no good for you, this avocado-acclaim will have you asking for seconds instead. Avocados are actually super-healthy, taste bud-tempting, and filled to the max with "nearly 20 vitamins and minerals in every serving," according to WebMD.
Since folks have caught wind that the creamy green piece of produce is high in fat, avocados have gotten a bad rap for decades. As per Authority Nutrition, "77% of the calories in it are from fat, making it one of the fattiest plant foods in existence."
But before you "fat shame," the fat in avocados is the "good kind" – oleic acid, which is a monounsaturated fatty acid. Monounsaturated fat actually helps lower bad cholesterol when consumed in moderation.
Don't lump all kinds of fats together. Avocados are heart-healthy and "fat" on flavor!
Packed with Potassium
When one thinks of foods that are rich in potassium, bananas generally come to mind, but did you know that avocados have more potassium per serving than bananas do?
As per Authority Nutrition, "A 100 gram (3.5 ounce) serving contains 14% of the RDA, compared to 10% in bananas."
A diet rich in potassium has been shown to help reduce blood pressure. According to Well-Being Secrets, "This nutrient not only helps maintain electrical gradients in the cells of the body but it is also beneficial to various important body functions."
If bananas aren't appealing to you, get your potassium pumped up from some ripe avocado instead.
Full of Fiber
Get your fiber fix with the delicious taste of avocado rather than rough and bland bran or gas-inducing beans. Authority Nutrition notes, "Fiber is indigestible plant matter that can contribute to weight loss, reduce blood sugar spikes and is strongly linked to a lower risk of many diseases."
"A 100 gram (3.5 ounce) serving of avocado contains 7 grams of fiber, which is 27% of the recommended daily amount," as per Authority Nutrition. And WebMD adds that fiber helps keep you feel fuller longer.
So stop saying "adios" to the avocado and embrace the deliciousness as part of a healthy diet instead. Salads, smoothies, soups, sauces, sushi, you name it. The addition of avocado makes anything better.