Avocados are some of the most naturally nutrient-dense foods in the world, as they contain about 20 vitamins and minerals. They are considered the best fruit source of vitamin E, a fat-soluble antioxidant that is important for immune enhancement, and protection against diseases such as coronary heart disease, cancer and cognitive decline. Avocados also contain very healthy fats that boost your immune system and enhances your body’s absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. They contain oleic acid that lowers LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol and increases HDL (‘good’) cholesterol. Avocados contain lots of fiber (and are very low in carbs), which increases the ‘full’ feeling after a meal, and helps a person feel full longer, hence they are recommended for weight loss regimens. Lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that are important for eye health, are found in avocados.
These fruits are very nutritious and when added to other foods they increase the mineral content intake. They help in a faster absorption of fat-soluble nutrients in 5the body. Their low fat content and high fiber availability make it suitable to be incorporated in the diet of type 2 diabetes hence assisting in weight management. Avocados also contain potassium which is among the key minerals needed for bone formation. The more the intake the better the development in bone structures hence no deficiency from the body system. Consumption of avocados reduces the risk of suffering from chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer. This is why health specialists recommend it in many diets due to their mono and polyunsaturated fat content. They are a great substitute for foods rich in saturated fat or added sugars.
You can incorporate avocados into your diet by using them in guacamoles and dips, adding them into salads, blending them into soups, or eating them as you would a normal fruit. Avocados are a great bread spread, and can also be used in sandwiches. They are a great butter substitute when baking. When choosing avocados, ripe ones should feel slightly soft.