Advocating for Avocados

A one-ounce portion of avocado has about 50 calories, and over 75% of those come from fat. But that’s not a reason to stop eating avocados. In fact, quite the opposite: Avocados are a wonderful source of healthy fat and provide other substantial health benefits.

For example, a good portion of the fat in avocados is made up of phytosterols, which have been documented to help keep inflammation under control, particularly the inflammation associated with arthritis.

Avocados not only contain an impressive array of antioxidants, but the fat of avocados contains a high amount of oleic acid, which aids in the absorption of many antioxidants and Vitamins A, D, K, and E. So, it’s a great idea to add avocado to salads, for instance. That’s because your body needs healthy fats in order to effectively absorb many nutrients—like the ones sure to be found in other ingredients in your salad.

In addition, research has shown that heart health is promoted by the intake of oleic acid and omega-3 fatty acids—both of which are found in avocados. Avocados are also high in fiber, Vitamin B-6, and folic acid, which are all part of a heart-healthy diet. Good fats, like those in avocados, also aide in lowering LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.

But wait, there’s more: Avocados are also high in potassium, containing even more per serving than bananas do. Potassium is essential in building muscle and helps to offset some of the harmful effects of sodium on blood pressure.

So, if you ever needed any more justification for including avocados in your diet than their wonderful flavor, you now have your fill. Eat up and enjoy!

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