5 SURPRISING HEALTH BENEFITS OF AVOCADOS

AN AVOCADO IS A FRUIT THAT ORIGINATED FROM THE STATE OF PUEBLA, MÉXICO. MINI SPANISH LESSON; THE SPANISH WORD FOR AVOCADO IS AGUACATE. SOME DO NOT LIKE TO EAT AVOCADOS BECAUSE THEY THINK THAT IT WILL MAKE THEM GAIN WEIGHT. THEY DO HAVE A HIGH CALORIE CONTENT. HOWEVER, MAKING YOU GAIN WEIGHT IS FAR FROM THE CASE. THEY ARE VERY GOOD FOR YOU AND HAVE MANY HEALTH BENEFITS. THEY ARE SO AWESOME THAT THEY ARE CONSIDERED A SUPER FOOD!

AVOCADOS ARE A HIGH FAT FRUIT FULL OF ESSENTIAL VITAMINS, MINERALS, AND ANTIOXIDANTS. THEY CONTAIN FOLATE, POTASSIUM, VITAMIN K1, VITAMIN E, VITAMIN C, VITAMIN B6, AND COPPER. ALL OF THESE VITAMINS AND MINERALS ARE IMPORTANT FOR KEEPING OUR BODIES FUNCTIONING PROPERLY.

YOU CAN USE AVOCADOS IN SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS; ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR WAYS BEING GUACAMOLE. WANT TO KNOW HOW TO MAKE IT? READ MY POST ON  THE BEST AUTHENTIC GUACAMOLE. YOU CAN ALSO USE AVOCADO AS A TOPPING ON BURGERS, TACOS, AND SALADS. YOU CAN EVEN USE THEM IN SMOOTHIES. EVER TRIED AVOCADO COOKIES? YUM!

SO, NOW THAT YOU KNOW A LITTLE ABOUT AVOCADOS, LET’S GET INTO THE HEALTH BENEFITS:

#1 HIGH IN POTASSIUM

DID YOU KNOW THAT AVOCADOS HAVE MORE POTASSIUM THAN BANANAS? POTASSIUM IS AN IMPORTANT MINERAL THAT MANY PEOPLE DO NOT GET ENOUGH OF. IT HELPS TO KEEP A HEALTHY BLOOD PRESSURE. A HEALTH BLOOD PRESSURE MEANS A LOWER RISK OF HEART ATTACK, STROKE, AND KIDNEY FAILURE.

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#2 AIDS IN WEIGHT LOSS

SOME BELIEVE THAT AVOCADOS MAKE YOU GAIN WEIGHT BECAUSE THEY ARE SO HIGH IN FAT, BUT IT’S ACTUALLY THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE. SINCE THEY ARE HIGH IN FAT THEY KEEP YOU FULLER LONGER. THEY ARE ALSO HIGH IN FIBER, WHICH ALSO KEEPS YOU FULLER LONGER. THE LONGER YOU FEEL FULL THE LESS YOU EAT. LESS CALORIES=WEIGHT LOSS!

#3 REDUCES RISK OF CANCER

AN ANTIOXIDANT IN AVOCADOS IS PERSENONES A AND B. THIS ANTIOXIDANT PROTECTS AGAINST INFLAMMATION AND CANCER. GLUTATHIONE IS ANOTHER ANTIOXIDANT IN THEM THAT PROTECT CELLS FROM CANCER AND THE EFFECTS OF FREE RADICALS.

#4 HELPS PREVENT DIABETES

AVOCADOS HELP TO MAINTAIN HEALTH BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS. THIS MEANS THEY ARE GREAT AT PREVENTING DIABETES. THEY ARE A LOW GLYCEMIC INDEX FOOD, WHICH MEANS THAT THEY WON’T RAISE YOUR BLOOD SUGAR. THE HIGH FIBER IN THE CONTENT IN THEM IS WHAT HELPS TO CONTROL INSULIN.

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#5 BALANCES HORMONES

AVOCADOS HELP TO BALANCE HORMONES NATURALLY BY BLOCKING ESTROGEN RECEPTORS ON CELLS. THIS REDUCES THE ABSORPTION OF ESTROGEN IN THE BODY. AVOCADOS ARE BENEFICIAL FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE PCOS (POLYCYSITIC OVARIAN SYNDROME) BECAUSE PCOS IS AN ESTROGEN DOMINANT DISORDER.  PCOS CAUSES HORMONAL IMBALANCES. BALANCING YOUR HORMONES ALSO HELPS STIMULATE WEIGHT LOSS. WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT PCOS? READ THIS.

THIS IS JUST A SMALL LIST OF THE SURPRISING HEALTH BENEFITS OF AVOCADOS; THERE IS A HANDFUL MORE. DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT THE BEST AUTHENTIC GUACAMOLE. ALWAYS REMEMBER, AN AVOCADO A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY!

CON MUCHO CARINO,

La Morena

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