Avocados Benefits: Packed With Nutrition

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5 Reasons Why You Should Be Eating Avocados Every Day

We’ve all heard the age old quote, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Now we say, “an avocado a day keeps the doctor away, forever!” and here are 5 reasons why.

1. Avocados Will Not Make You Fat                  

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Fast food, chips, soda, white bread, those are all things that will make you fat, avocados…not so much. Avocados contain monounsaturated fat and, like olive oil, a high preponderance of oleic acid – this is a healthy fat and a beautifying oil. Oleic acid is gaining a reputation (through the Mediterranean Diet) as helping to keep us slim as we age. Oleic acid is also believed to decrease our chances of developing heart disease.

2. Curbs Hunger

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If you find yourself constantly snacking, avocados can help change that. Studies have shown that meals that include avocados and other healthy fats cause you to feel full, taking away the need to eat more. Because they consist mostly of healthy fatty acids, they produce a blood-sugar, friendly, ketogenic effect. So the next time you reach for a bag of chips, go for the avocado instead.

3. Packed With Nutrients

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You already know that avocados are good for us, but, what’s actually inside of it that makes it such a healthy treat. Well, for starters, there are typically over 14 minerals packed inside each one. Each avocado also contains:

• 18 essential amino acids (protein) and 2 grams of protein per 100 grams of avocado.

• Soluble fiber.

• Phytosterols: beta-sitosterol, campesterol, and stigmasterol that may help keep arthritis and other forms of inflammation under control.

• Carotenoids: Avocados contain an unusually high amount of antioxidant, oil-soluble carotenoids. These include o-carotene, yellow alpha-carotene and yellow lutein, but also many lesser-known carotenoids including yellow epsilon-carotene, yellow neochrome, yellow neoxanthin, yellow chrysanthemaxanthin, orange beta-cryptoxanthin, orange zeaxanthin, and yellow violaxanthin.

• Chlorophyll: This is what gives avocados their beautiful green glow. Chlorophyll is a deodorizer, detoxifier, and neutralizer of toxins.

• Polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols (PFAs): These are more widely prevalent in ocean plants but relatively unique among land plants—making the avocado tree (and its fruit) unusual in this regard. Like the avocado’s phytosterols, its PFAs also provide us with anti-inflammatory benefits and skin protection from ultraviolet radiation.

• Vitamins: B (folic acid), C, E

4. Can Be Added To Many Meals

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Avocados are awesome because they can be used to turn ordinary meals into wonderful meals. Mash up some avocados and boom, you’ve got guacamole. Throw a few avocado slices on some hempseed or chia-seed gluten-free bread or raw cracker and you have a tasty snack. You can place avocados on top of almost any food.

Avocados are great with sea salt or nearly any form of seaweed. Their high potassium content is balanced by the high sodium content of sea salt and seaweeds. Avocados are also wonderful in salads. More recently avocados have made their way into smoothie recipes. And of course, no guacamole is possible without its essential ingredient.

5. Long-Term Health

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So not only do avocados have tons of nutrients and are very delicious, but they also will benefit your health in the long run. Those healthy fats will help keep your blood sugar levels in check, your good cholesterol at optimum levels and can neutralize inflammation in the brain and body all while being an excellent energy source.

However, one question remains: can you eat an avocado pit? The answer is yes, but they are less than excellent and not recommended.

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22 comments
S.A. - October 23, 2015

David…I love avocados, but in my mid-30s I started being unable to eat them. They give me horrendous stomach cramps. Do you have any information on why this might be?

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Roslyn Holloway - October 24, 2015

Why would I need gluten-free bread (or gluten-free anything). Only people who have celiac disease or who are allergic to gluten should avoid gluten. The rest of us can eat it without any problems whatsoever. Please don’t disseminate nonsense.

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    Jay - October 31, 2015

    Have to disagree with you Roslyn.
    Inflammation is the key issue with wheat consumption.

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      Karen Johnson Marez - November 11, 2015

      I can testify that by going wheat and gluten free I have changed my life dramatically. I thought I had developed ibromyalgia; every joint in my body was aching for over a month. So I just decided to eliminate the wheat and gluten from my diet and I feel like I’m a new person, Not everyone has to steer clear of it but more and more people are as they learn that it is the cause of their inflammation.

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        Roslyn Holloway - November 12, 2015

        I don’t know what else you were eating that might have been causing your inflammation. Often, it’s the additives or preservatives that cause problems that we then blame on the wheat or gluten. Unless you have been tested and found to be allergic or sensitive to wheat or gluten, I’d bet money that something else was causing your joint pain. Your experience is anecdotal, not scientific.

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          KJMarez - November 12, 2015

          My anecdotal experience proves my point. Science is not the only means by which we learn truths. I have zero doubts about my statement as I accidentally exposed myself again to wheat and gluten only one time since I began my personal experiment—a communion wafer at church which is made of only two ingredients: wheat flour and water—and I could feel the effects by that evening. I ate it without really thinking about it out of tradition. Seeing how there are only those two ingredients in these wafers, I can clearly deduce that I have an allergy or sensitivity to wheat/gluten and I don’t need to pay someone to run a test to prove something I already know.

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          Roslyn Holloway - November 13, 2015

          No, it doesn’t.

          Whenever we offer an empirical claim as true, we are expected to support that claim with evidence — pieces of information which, when taken together, tend to point to the truth of our claim. Evidence which proves our claim is best, but not absolutely required. Naturally, when searching for evidence one of the first
          sources we look to is our own experience in the world, because it is typically
          that experience which we rely upon most heavily when trying to understand
          reality.

          Nevertheless, this reliance upon personal experience can be too strong and become too unreasonable. The use of small pieces of anecdotal evidence as a basis for conclusions about wide-ranging phenomena and complex systems can be classified as a type of Rash Generalization, an informal fallacy which involves generalizing from a particular example to an the entire class of which that example is a member, without regard for any other possible factors.

          The use of anecdotal evidence and testimonials from others is so common and often goes unrecognized for the problem that it is: It’s not a question
          about whether those personal experiences are true — even if we assume that the explanations are 100% accurate and true, problems necessarily remain. So what’s wrong with relying upon personal experiences?

          Scientific inquiry and rational conclusions do not rely upon just a few personal observations about our own lives. Such observations are often the perfect *starting point* for inquiry and hypothesizing, but they are insufficient as the basis for solid *conclusions. Thus, one’s own experiences with acupuncture or divorce would be a justifiable basis for supposing that, perhaps, maybe there is something to acupuncture or maybe there is something to people’s worries about the breakdown in marriage. But that’s as far as anecdotal evidence alone can justifiably take us.

          Merely because certain events have occurred in a certain fashion in our lives doesn’t mean that they always occur in that manner, or that they must necessarily occur in that manner. Our experiences are inherently limited and narrow in scope: we only see certain things and we only perceive them from a certain perspective. Thus, their value is extremely limited.

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          savannah - February 20, 2016

          As i read some of there reply i wonder if you all come from the U.S.A. on the plantet earth. With all the mobo jobo about an Avocado. Why is it people can’t just stick to the subject AVOCADOS.

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          Kevin Dean Heairet - February 23, 2016

          Because we have become a argumentative society!!!!! It lets out and stirs up stress :)

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Mandi Kerr-Fountain - October 25, 2015

who in this world is responsible for cutting the avocado on the left… :P

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Sitikus - October 26, 2015

%A.V.O.C.A.D.O ~ the SuperFood of the God$ ;)

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MAX1950 - November 4, 2015

Brought to you by the California Avocado Growers ASSOC.

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Pemba Sherpa - November 28, 2015

Just make sure it doesnt come from stolen land from poor people of Palestine, a k a Israel.

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    fallssshort - December 4, 2015

    By that logic, perhaps we should buy anything from the U.S. either.

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      Pemba Sherpa - December 14, 2015

      I am glad that logic helped you stop supporting thieves and murderers once you stopped assuming you and I do our grocery shopping in the same fucking super market….

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        fallssshort - December 16, 2015

        All lands were “stolen” by somebody. The white Europeans stolen America according to liberals. Since I don’t like starving, I’ll keep eating avocados.

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          Pemba Sherpa - December 16, 2015

          yeah and therefore hardly justifying future atrocities because of the same atrocities–

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    Toby - March 26, 2016

    You’re an ignorant bigot.

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Health-Hippie - December 3, 2015

S A….I rarely…almost never…comment on all the wonderful articles I have the pleasure of reading, but I thought I would share why I avoid avocados. I avoid avocados because I have a latex sensitivity. I only mention it because it had such a HUGE impact on my health. I mentioned to a friend that when I blow up balloons, my lips and fingertips tingle (she said she thought it may be a sign that I have a latex problem), she suggested trying to cut out nightshades, bananas, and avocados (and, recently I heard kiwi, as well, but I am not completely sure about that one). I had been doing GAPS and The Maker’s Diet (LOVE them both:), but was still not at a comfortable weight…..when I cut out those things suggested, not kidding, I DROPPED 65lbs….WITH NO EFFORT….the weight fell off SO fast people were asking me if I was okay….but, I felt wonderful:):) Anyhoo…..that may not be your issue, but it taught me a valuable lesson, in that I now understand that no matter how great a food may be, I must always remember that how it reacts in my body, is what matters most:):)

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David Williamson - February 23, 2016

you can shred the seed into your salad—it holds many nutrients

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    Maury Brooks - August 4, 2016

    I heard the seed was loaded with amino acids also. Really good for you but never had this confirmed. With a vitamix I had mixed the seed into smoothies at one time. It is actually a pretty soft seed. Would love to learn more on this.

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Barbara Sabbath - March 4, 2016

I buy AvoBuddies, by IndexFresh Inc. in Calif. They are bagged approx 12 per bag for $ 2.99 a bag, they are a great deal! Less calories than Medium or even small avocados! You can check out the nutritional value on Facebook!

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