Top 5 reasons to eat avocados


By Kat Morgan| Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Lifting Coach and Fitness Guru

Top 5 reasons to eat avocados

 

This post is exactly what it says on the tin. So here goes!

 

Number 5 – THE NUTRITION CONTENT – In 100 grams (160 calories worth) an avocado has around 26% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) Vitamin K, 20% RDA Folate, 17% RDA Vitamin C, 14% RDA Potassium, 14% RDA Vitamin B5, 13% RDA Vitamin B6, 10% RDA Vitamin E, as well as traces of Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin). The macros break down to around 2 grams of protein, 15 grams of “good” fats, 7 grams of fibre and only 2 grams of carbohydrates.

 

Number 4 – CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH -Avocados contain monounsaturated oleic acid, a healthy monounsaturated fatty acid, increasing intake and lowering the “bad” fats can decrease the risk factor of cardiovascular disease. Avocados can reduce dangerous LDL cholesterol in the blood and increase beneficial HDL cholesterol. Another benefit, is that eating avocado can also decrease high blood triglyceride levels, another trigger of cardiovascular problems. They are also good for blood pressure, which is vital for overall heart and body health.

The other potential conditions or illnesses avocado can prevent or ease include things such as cancer, arthritis, diabetes and constipation.

 

Number 3 – SKIN HEALTH – The wonderful fats and vitamins in an avocado are super good for your skin! Giving you a beautiful glow, controlling acne, reducing redness, preventing wrinkles, protecting against the sun and keeping your skin smooth and healthy.

 

Number 2 – BENEFITS DURING PREGNANCY – With such a high amount of Vitamin K, Vitamin B and Folic Acid; Avocados can prevent birth defects and problems with a newborn that may otherwise suffer deficiencies, which can even be life threatening in severe cases. Therefore, it is important a pregnant woman should increase her intake of highly nutritious foods such as avocados.

 

Number 1 – WEIGHT LOSS PROPERTIES – A food that aids weight loss, is always something to be thankful for, in the fight against obesity as a nation. (That doesn’t mean go and eat 10 avocados on top of your take aways though!) Avocados are thought to be stored as slow releasing energy in the body, meaning you feel fuller longer and may find them more beneficial to snack on than other foods. Try swapping your processed carbohydrate snacks or meals for healthy fats and natural carbohydrate sources (of course you should maintain a good amount of protein always) and you’ll feel better, look great and be healthier!

 

So… who’s off to the grocery store?

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Kat Morgan
Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Lifting Coach and Fitness Guru

London-based Kat Morgan is personal trainer with a passion for all sorts of exercise. She is a cycling coach, lifting instructor, writer and part of the Vitamin Buddy ambassador team. As well as mum to her lovely 10 month old daughter. For more from Kat you can visit her website or check out her instagram.