Avocado is not your everyday fruit but as unique as it may be, it’s not only delicious, it is also packed with nutrients not found in any of the household names.
Whether it’s a salad, toast, or mixed with sesame and honey, avocado will always be up there when it comes to great-tasting food. But there’s more to it than just taste so below are some cool and interesting facts about the avocado you should know.
1. It's a fruit
It’s been quite the debate whether the avocado is a fruit or a vegetable so we’re putting this to rest by confirming that it is indeed a fruit and that it is classified as a type of berry because it fits the profile. The fleshy pulp and seeds says it all.
2. It's good for the eyes
Apart from its delicious and obvious nutritional benefits, avocados protect your eyes like no other fruits can because it contains an antioxidant called lutein which helps keep your eyes healthy as you age.
If you’re having difficulty reading those small fonts in your books or on your tablets, include more avocados in your diet.
3. Improves digestion
Having problems with digestion? Always constipated and having irregular bowel movement? You should be eating more avocados then because these wonder fruit is rich in fiber which aids in the digestion process.
4. Good for the heart
Studies have shown that avocados help promote a healthy heart because of the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats it contains that help lower LDL levels which is responsible for artery-clogging plaque buildup.
5. Helps to prevent osteoporosis
Calcium helps keep our bones strong and healthy helping us prevent osteoporosis as we grow older. It’s also one of the minerals avocados are packed with which makes this fruit a must-eat especially for people who are approaching 50.
6. It helps preventing cancer
Some of us do not realize just how awesome the nutritional benefits of the avocado are. One of these benefits is its ability to help us prevent “The Big C”. Avocados are high in phytochemicals which has been linked in reducing the risk of a number of major diseases including cancer.
7. It helps fight depression
Feeling a bit stressed out and depressed lately? Have more avocados and you should feel better.
Avocados are rich in Omega-3, an essential fatty acid that helps fight inflammation in the brain and regulate the brain’s neurotransmitters. So everytime you feel like depression is slowly creeping up, have an avocado salad or smoothie so you’d feel better.
8. It helps lower blood pressure
So you think bananas are the best source of potassium? You’ll be surprised to find out that avocados contain more of it than bananas does. Among its many benefits, potassium helps lower blood pressure by balancing out the negative effects of salt.
If you’re suffering from hypertension, having avocados in the counter all the time will come in handy.
9. It helps fight arthritis
Are those painful joints due to arthritis giving you a hard time? You better have a stock of avocados in the fridge then because it contains vitamin E, a micronutrient with anti-inflammatory effects, helping reduce the risk of joint damage due to early osteoarthritis.
10. It helps you lose weight
Avocados are both high in fiber and low on carbs, the perfect combination for losing weight. This great-tasting fruit helps you eat fewer calories while still making you feel full, something weight-watchers will surely love.
If you want to start getting rid of those love handles and get back to your normal weight, make sure to include avocados in your diet.
11. It's highly-nutritious
Avocados don’t get the credit it deserves when it comes to nutritional content. Though it’s been known to be delicious and nutritious, most people don’t realize just how nutritious it really is.
Considered one of the world’s healthiest fruits, avocados are packed with protein, fiber, good fats, vitamins and minerals, and potassium. It’s even healthier than apples and bananas which we’ve all known to be high in nutrients.
12. It has the most protein content
One of the little-known facts about avocados is that it is the fruit with the highest protein content at four grams. Protein is a crucial building block of bones, muscles, skin and blood to name a few.
13. It is very healthy
There’s no better combination than having a fruit that is gluten-free, dairy-free and cholesterol-free, something you’ll all find in avocados. If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, it’s definitely a fruit you’ll want to be part of your diet.
14. It slows down the aging process
Forget about cosmetic surgery or those expensive creams you apply on your face. Avocados are the more affordable alternative with all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it contains. If you’re looking for the fountain of youth, avocados are the best way to start.
15. It's good for babies
With its smooth and creamy texture when mashed, avocados are the perfect food for babies who are about to begin eating solids. The carbohydrates, fats and proteins in avocados should help with their growth during the crucial first year.