For the past 3 years, I have been hearing quite a bit about avocado, but never gave it a try because to be honest with you, it just sounds and looks gross. I kept hearing so much about how Tony Horton, the creator of P90X, eats a ton of avocado, and then recently that Shaun T eats avocado at just about every meal. When you hear that two incredibly ripped fitness experts are eating avocado every single day, that’s a sign that you should also consider doing the same, so that’s exactly what I’ve started doing. Even though I have been eating it, I had no idea about the benefits of avocado until recently. So what are the benefits of avocado anyways?
First of all, some people might not know this (I didn’t), but what is avocado? Believe it or not, it’s a fruit, and contains about 20 essential nutrients, like fiber, vitamin E, folic acid, and B-vitamins. Like Omega 3, it has quite a bit of healthy monounsaturated fats, which lowers cholesterol levels, so they are very good for you. Below are some other benefits of avocado.
(1) Healthy eyes. Avocado has carotenoid lutein, which protects against macular degeneration and cataracts.
(2) Heart health. Avocado contains quite a bit of folate, and studies have shown that people that have diets high in folate tend to have lower incidents of heart disease than those who don’t.
(3) Helps regulate blood pressure. The fruit is high in potassium, which can help guard against heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke.
(4) Helps prevent certain cancers. There have been studies that show that avocado can help prevent oral, prostate, and breast cancer.
These health benefits of avocado are enough to convince me to continue eating it every day. For the past week or so, I’ve been eating anywhere from a half to 3/4 an avocado every day, including it in my salads and just eating it as a side dish. Some other ways to eat avocado are to use it on your sandwiches instead of butter or mayonnaise, putting it on top of chicken, or just mixing it in with another one of your favorite meals. Surprisingly enough, I actually really enjoy the taste of avocado as well.