Some people avoid avocados due to their high-fat content. Most of us know by now that avocados have the kind of fat that actually help you lose weight!
Avocados are bursting with lot’s of other health benefits too, and are so strongly associated with fertility and aphrodisiacs that the Aztecs would lock up virgin daughters during avocado harvest time to keep them safe. Read the details and check out the infographic below on this Superfood.
“Either you run the day, or the day runs you. Or you eat guacamole.” John Rohn
10 Avocados Benefits
1. Nutrient-dense fruit
Yes, they are actually a large berry with one seed. One avocado contains approximately 1/3 of the daily requirement of vitamin K and folate, lots of pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin C.
Avocado has twice the potassium of a banana. It also contains vitamin E, niacin, and riboflavin. That is definitely nutrient-dense!
2. A Source of Healthy Fat
They help increase good cholesterol. Avocados are full of fat, but adding avocados to the diet can increase HDL and decrease triglycerides.
3. Help Cure Cancer
Avocados will help your body make more glutathione than many other foods. Glutathione has been found to help prevent some kinds of cancers.
Dr. William Sears puts it as #1 on the top ten list of fruits for babies because avocado nutrition is well-suited for a baby’s growing development.
5. Stabilize Blood Sugar Levels
Avocado slows down digestion which keeps blood sugar from spiking after a meal.
6. Avocados can Protect Unborn Babies
One avocado provides one-third of your recommended daily intake of folate, which helps form a baby’s brain and nervous system. The USDA recommends avocados as one of the best sources for some of the nutrients needed when pregnant.
7. Improve Eyesight
The high amount of lutein and zeaxanthin in avocados can protect your eyes from age-related macular degeneration and improve your vision. One ounce of avocado contains 81 micrograms of lutein.
8. Have Low Pesticide Levels
“Avocados were the cleanest: only 1 percent of avocado samples showed any detectable pesticides.” Says Environmental Working Group The thick skin of the avocado protects it from absorbing pesticides.
9. Help with Weight Loss
It was found that those who ate half of a fresh avocado with their lunch had a 40 percent less desire to eat for 3 hours after lunch, and a 28 percent less desire to eat 5 hours after as compared with those who ate lunch with no avocado.
10. Good for Sexual Health and Fertility
They are rich in Vitamin B6 and folic acid which regulate sexual hormone functions. Also, Vitamin B6 and potassium boost testosterone production in males. Being rich in heart-healthy fats, the heart will keep beating strong; making sure that blood is flowing to the right places.
Perhaps those Spanish priests were on to something when they banned their parishioners from eating avocados. Avocados were a fertility fruit for the Aztecs and used as an aphrodisiac by the Mayans. Old folklore mentions the Aztecs would lock up virgin daughters during avocado harvest time to keep them safe from farmers who may be sexually-aroused from eating too many avocados.
Bonus: Great for Beauty Treatments
The glutamine amino acid in avocados helps cleanse your skin and offers it enough protection against harsh environmental factors. D-manno-heptulose found in avocados has been shown to boost collagen formation. Their specific amino acids and carotenoid anti-oxidants can help reduce age spots and heal scars and burns.
- An avocado can weight from 8 ounces to 3 pounds depending upon the variety.
- Almost 50 million pounds of avocados are consumed on Super Bowl Sunday in the U.S. Holy guacamole!
- Avocado pits yield a milky fluid that turns red when exposed to air. The Spanish conquistadors used this ink in documents that are preserved until now.
- A postman, Rudolph Hass, patented the Hass avocado tree in 1935. The first Hass avocado tree is still producing to this day.
- Avocado became known as the ‘alligator pear’ because of its alligator type skin texture and pear shape.
- Mexico produces the most avocados, California the second highest producer in the world.
Take a look at this avocado infographic, a colorful way to highlight everything the avocado has to offer!
Check out these tasty avocado recipes:
Tasty Vegan Sandwich with Avocado, Cucumber and Pumpkin Seeds – This vegan sandwich is great for a quick simple lunch or snack, some even like it for breakfast. The avocado adds creaminess, while the cucumber is juicy and the pumpkin seeds add a salty crunch. It is so tasty and I like how easy it is to make.
Avocado Vegetable Dip – What I like about this raw avocado vegetable dip is that it is full of vegetables; adding the celery makes it crunchy and not so rich as well as healthier for you. There are so many dips available to buy at the grocery store but this is one is healthier with its low sodium content, monounsaturated fat and a good source of lutein, an antioxidant that may protect vision. Best of all it is fresh and tasty. Also, I sometimes enjoy this mixture on mixed green salads.
Quinoa Arugula with Avocado Salad – This is a yummy and nourishing quinoa arugula salad for any season. It is full of good protein from the quinoa and the pumpkin seeds. It is a whole meal in one bowl.
Delicious, Beautiful Avocado Grapefruit Salad – Grapefruit is a very good fruit for the winter with all the vitamin C in it and it has fat flushing benefits.
Avocado Tomato Salad Dressing – This Avocado Tomato Salad Dressing is an easy way to jazz up any salad! This is a base recipe that you can alter with your choice of herbs or salty flavors. This is enough for 3 salads.