HEALTH BENEFITS OF: AVOCADO

Saturday, February 21, 2015



On average, I eat about 1-2 avocados a day - depends on what's for lunch or dinner, but more often than not, avocado makes everything in a meal better. What was once my most feared food is now my best friend that I cannot live without; slathered on rye bread as butter for my sandwich or toast, another texture and flavour to my quinoa salad, or the perfect flan topping with onions and mushrooms - I've just gone and made myself very  hungry - but what is my body benefiting from with all this avo-consumption? Am I slowly turning green? Is it too rich to eat in my diet everyday? Should I avo-break?

Well, I thought about it and suddenly it occured to me that I should write down all the health benefits of my favourite foods to share, so that I can see what exactly my body is absorbing every day and you can find out why you should be giving it a go too!

1. Adding avocado to a salad that contains carrot increases your body's absorption of beta-carotene by 200-400% as beta-carotene is fat soluble - um, amazing!

2. Avocado generally has a rep as a 'high fat' food which is true in that 85% of its calories come from fat, however  it is filled with good fats! Avocado contains properties that reduce inflammation and support the inflammatory system in our bodies, and also contains a large proportion of oleic acid which helps our digestive tract form transport molecules for fat that can increase our absorption of fat-soluble nutrients. As it is a mono-saturated fatty acid, it can lower your risk of heart disease, plus trick your brain into feeling full!

3. Speaking of feeling full, with avocado being 40% fibre and 27% of your RDA you'll be satisfying your hunger quickly and shifting some stuff in there - gross, I know, but essential.

4. Depending on the ripeness of the avocado, it can help regulate blood sugar!

5. If you're a veggie then good news - avocado contains 4g of protein which is more than any other fruit!

6. Avocado is a low-carb friendly food as at 160 Calories a serving, it only contains 9g of carbs which 7g of it is 'net carbs', technically classing it as a superfood.

7. At 14g of Potassium a serving - something we're not getting enough of - it is higher in the nutrient than bananas!

8. If you don't want to eat it, you can put it on your face as avocado's mono-saturated fats help produce and contain moisture in the epidermal layers of your skin - give me a facial ASAP.

9. Alongside almonds and other high-fat healthy foods, avocado can help you lose weight due to the fatty acids being used as a slow burning energy source. If there was ever a reason for me to eat more avo' and almonds then this would be it.

10. Finally, avocado contains omega-3 which can help if you don't eat a lot of fish in your diet - all the more guacamole for you to make and enjoy!


Are you an avocado fan? Would you avo consider more of it in your diet? Do you avo fruit or veg you used to hate but now love?

Lots of Love - and excuse the bad avo puns!
Lauren x


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