5 Health Benefits of Avocados

Health Benefits of Avocados 1 -Avocados for Cholesterol

The oils present in avocado include linoleic acid and oleic acid, which can help lower cholesterol levels. Individuals having high cholesterol that were put on an  avocado rich diet for 7 days exhibited a significant reduction in triglycerides, total cholesterol, LDL  cholesterol, as well as  a considerable increase in HDL cholesterol. Avocados are a good source of betasitosterol, and studies have found that betasitosterol reduces LDL cholesterol.

Health Benefits of Avocados 2 -Avocados for Diabetes

Research has revealed that individuals with diabetes who ate a diet consisting mainly of avocados, which is high in monounsaturated-fat, had much better management of their blood glucose and triglycerides in comparison to individuals who ate a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet.

Health Benefits of Avocados 3 -Avocados for Cancer

Glutathione is an antioxidant found in avocados and there is scientific evidence that glutathione could help prevent some kinds of cancers.

Research has demonstrated that avocado extract inhibits and kill cancer cells, indicating that the consumption of avocados could help protect against cancer. Avocado extract has also been shown to inhibit prostate cancer cell growth in vitro.

Health Benefits of Avocados 4 -Avocados for Eyesight

Avocados are a good source of zeaxanthin and lutein, which help to protect against cataracts and age related macular degeneration.

Health Benefits of Avocados 5 -Avocados for Weight Loss

Research has shown that the inclusion of avocado to an energy restricted diet doesn’t compromise weight loss efforts and that the substitution of avocado for margarine or butter can help with reducing calories.

A study of rats has suggested the presence of an appetite suppressant in the avocado fruit.

Nutrients in Avocados

They are a superb source of fiber, as well as monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, potassium and B vitamins.

History of Avocados

Avocados originated in South and Central America and cultivation in the U.S. started in the early 20th century.

Mexico makes up about a third of all avocado cultivation with the U.S. and Chile being the other top avocado producers.

The Health Benefits of Avocados

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