Avocado, fruit or vegetable? “avo-vaavos” as my nephew says, it is indeed a fruit and is classified as a single-seeded green colored berry, with its umami taste and high fat content.
1. Why are avocados good for weight loss?
On average, an avocado contains 200 calories of which 140 to 170 calories (70% to 85% of total calories) consist of fat. There are two types of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, avocados consist of monounsaturated fats.
Studies have shown that monounsaturated fats like oleic acid lower blood pressure and increase fat burning. Since an avocado is high in calories and contains healthy fats, this can keep you full and be a great substitute for saturated and trans fats.
2. How do avocados maintain healthy skin?
Avocados are a great source of vitamins C and E, which are vital for maintaining healthy skin due to their antioxidant properties. Vitamin C is an active ingredient in many skin care products, as it helps protect the skin by repairing damage caused by UV rays.
Eating avocados can also help stimulate collagen, collagen, a protein made up of amino acids that holds skin together. Collagen provides the skin with elasticity and firmness. Collagen production decreases with age, the vitamin C that is present in avocados can stimulate collagen production.
3. Benefits for healthy digestion
Avocados contain half of our recommended daily fiber intake, they pass directly through our digestive system as they consist of insoluble fiber. Insoluble fibers increase the speed with which food passes through the digestive system.
4. Keep your heart strong
As mentioned above, avocado is known to be very high in fat, however, avocados do not contain cholesterol. This makes avocado an excellent substitute for replacing saturated fat with the unsaturated fat found in avocados. Adding avocados to a low cholesterol diet can keep your heart healthy by clearing out blocked arteries.
5. How can avocado consumption help control osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is common in older people and is due to wear and tear on the joints. The condition is made up of inflammation in the joints which can lead to joint pain. Avocado oil can help dramatically reduce joint pain as it retains the ability to repair damaged cartilage.
Maple Holistics: avocado oil
One of the best forms of avocado in oil form is from Maple Holistics – it can be used as a deep tissue moisturizer, for hair growth, it can also be used in masks for joint pain.
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Take care of your body, it’s the only place you really have to live! 🙂