I write this article with a slightly different perspective than usual, no doubt because avocado is one of my favorite fruits, as I think it happens with many other people. While, I write these lines about the benefits of avocado, I remember its flavor without equal, and I am already thinking of going to buy to make a salad. But let’s go with the advantages of this fruit (although, like tomatoes, it is usually considered more like a vegetable).
Why should you eat avocado?
If you do not have time to read the whole article, I will summarize below the four most important reasons why you should include it in your diet.
- The fats it contains are mostly monounsaturated, that is, good fats.
- It is a very good source of fiber.
- It has a very appreciable taste and texture.
Despite being quite caloric (we mentioned that it has fat), it can be included without problem in a healthy diet.
The health benefits of eating avocado, in detail
The avocado contains pentatonic acid (vitamin B5), a very important element in the process of use of the energy contained in the foods that we ingest. It also influences the creation of neurotransmitters, steroid hormones and hemoglobin.
Avocado contains a lot of fiber (6.7 grams per 100). I invite the reader to read the article ” foods rich in fibers ” to remember the importance of them.
This fruit also contains a lot of vitamin , an element that influences the blood’s coagulation process.
The fats contained in the avocado are unsaturated, something very positive for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Another factor that helps the heart care is its high content of phytosterols, which help reduce bad cholesterol.
The avocado also contains enough copper and vitamin B6 , in addition to having some phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, manganese, and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B9, C and E.
There are several studies, which still need to be expanded and contrasted more, which give indications that the avocado could have anti-inflammatory properties, as well as prevent some types of cancer . But more studies are needed to contrast these hypotheses.
We are talking about the benefits of avocado, but we cannot forget that we must take some precautions with this fruit, two:
Impact on coagulation. Its high content of vitamin K makes that a high consumption of avocado is not highly recommended for people medicated with anticoagulants. In fact, it is recommended that these people ask their doctor or a nutritionist about the foods that contain a lot of vitamin K, to avoid taking too much of that vitamin at any given time, since it could have a negative impact on the coagulation.
Several studies have found a correlation between latex allergy and allergies to fruits such as avocado, banana, kiwi or chestnuts. Therefore, people allergic to latex should be tested to verify that they do not have an allergy to the fruits mentioned.
The pleasure of eating
As you can see, avocado is a fruit with many health benefits, but it is also a very tasty product, with a unique texture. It can be prepared in salads, or simply eaten with a spoon . It is also delicious when it is prepared in a guacamole.