BENEFITS OF AVOCADOS AND WAYS TO INCLUDE THEM IN THE DIET

Avocados are exclusive in terms of their nutritional profile. Usually, fruits are known for their high carbohydrate content but avocado is a fruit which is high in fats. Avocado fruit contains fewer carbs and mainly calories are contributed from the healthy fats. It is also rich in dietary fibre making it an excellent option for people, especially on a keto diet.

Some other reasons to include avocados in our daily diet are -

  1. Avocados are rich in potassium which makes them good for keeping our blood pressure in check. It also serves as an electrolyte and helps maintain the electrolytic balance of the body.
  2. As already discussed, avocados are known for their high-fat content. They are low in saturated fats but high in monounsaturated fats (MUFA). They are especially rich in the fatty acid called oleic acid which promotes the level of good cholesterol or HDL in our body, prevents LDL cholesterol levels from rising and has also been associated with reducing inflammation.
  3. Avocados are good for our eye health as well as due to the presence of two carotenoids called lutein and zeaxanthin. These two antioxidants reduce the risk of macular degeneration and promote vision health.
  4. High dietary fibre content also makes avocados good for our gut health. Avocados support the growth of gut-friendly bacterias and enhance the absorption of nutrients from the food we eat.
  5. Avocados are also beneficial for people with joints pain, arthritis or osteoarthritis, due to its potential to reduce inflammation.
  6. Being a good source of healthy fats, avocados also favours the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin A, D, E and K in our body.

With such a wide range of nutritional profile and health benefits, let’s see some of the ways to make avocados a part of our regular diet.

  1. Avocados can be used to make a delicious, creamy and healthy fruit smoothie.
  2. They can be puréed and used as a spread on toasts and sandwiches. It can be a nutritious substitute for mayonnaise.
  3. Simple eat avocados fruit as a healthy snack in between meals.
  4. Avocados can also be included in salads along with other fruits and veggies.
  5. To give a twist to your desserts, try using avocados in homemade ice creams, which will be much healthier than regular ice creams.
  6. Last but not least, avocados can be one of the healthy ingredients in omelettes and pancakes.

To summarise, it won’t be wrong to designate avocados as a superfood. They are creamy, delectable and one of the healthiest fruits around us. Avocados are high in healthy fats and supplies a lot many other nutrients to our body. They are heart-friendly, boost cognitive health and packed with antioxidants. Try it as there are multiple ways to enjoy it.

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