Health benefits of avocado

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Avocados are very popular these days! People everywhere are eating them! Are you one of them? The scientific name for avocado is Persea americana and its a fruit. There are numerous health benefits that one can gain from eating avocados and this is mostly due to its fat content. Fat? Yes, fat but don't be scared. These types of fats are (believe it or not) good fats.

Some nutrients that avocado contain are:
  • monounsaturated fats
  • potassium
  • Vitamin E 
  • Vitamin C
  • B vitamins
  • folate
  • fiber

Some health benefits of avocados are:

-The monounsaturated fats that avocados contain are good for your heart and will lower bad (LDL) cholesterol and boosts good (HDL) cholesterol in your body.
-The fat will also aid the body in nutrition absorption of certain nutrients from the food that you consume.
Small amounts of fats are essential in our body and so we should consume foods that contain good fats. One good fat is monounsaturated fats and avocados are rich in these. All fats are high in calories and so we shouldn't consume too much fat even if it's a good fat.

-The soluble and insoluble fiber that avocados contain are very beneficial for the body. The fiber promotes weight loss and a healthy digestive tract.

The fiber promotes weight loss because it will make us feel full faster and thus prevents us from eating a lot. As a result, we consume fewer calories!
The soluble fiber helps your body absorb nutrients. This is possible because it slows down the rate at which food goes through your digestive system. The insoluble fiber helps us to poop better and one way it does this is by adding bulk to it.
Fiber also helps us to eliminate toxins from our body through our stool.

- Helps to lower blood pressure.

According to Nadina (2016), "Blood pressure is regulated by sodium in our bodies. The kidneys can either excrete or retain this sodium.
A decrease in potassium in our bodies will result in an increase in sodium retention by the kidneys, which will consequently lead to high blood pressure. On the other hand, an increase in potassium in our bodies will result in sodium excretion by the kidneys, which will consequently lead to a lower blood pressure.
Coconut water is high in potassium and this is why it helps lower blood pressure."

Avocados are also very rich in potassium and so, therefore, it will also lower blood pressure.
You can also read my post on the  the health benefits of coconut water.

- The Vitamin E that avocados contain protects our cells from free radicals, which can cause cancer to develop and it also strengthens our bodies immune system.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant and so it protects all of our cells from damage.