|All About Avocados - Varieties, Nutrients, Health Benefits |
and Beauty Uses - Infographic from FIX
Avocado - a Health Food
Avocados are incredibly nutrient dense.
They are rich in about 20 micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals aka phytonutrients), dietary fiber and the "good" monounsaturated fat.
Specifically, avocados are very high in:
❤ Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
❤ Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
❤ Vitamin B9 (Folate)
❤ Vitamin C
❤ Vitamin E
❤ Vitamin K
Adding avocados to a well-balanced diet has been linked to a variety of health benefits including lowering LDL ("bad") cholesterol and triglyceride levels, lowering the risk for cancer, lowering the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration, helping to relieve symptoms of arthritis and helping weight loss and/or healthy weight maintenance and management efforts.
Avocado - a Weight Loss Food
In spite of being a high fat food, avocados are actually thought to promote natural, safe and healthy weight loss because they are high in fiber, very low in carbohydrates, rank very low on the Glycemic Index (GI) while ranking relatively high in terms of satiety level, which can lead to less snacking and overall calorie consumption.
Additionally, the healthy fats in avocados can naturally raise insulin sensitivity, lower and help regulate blood sugar levels. A well balanced blood sugar level is considered crucial to overall health and an important factor in metabolism.
SEE: FIBER FOR FAT LOSS
SEE: GET YOUR FAT RIGHT AND LOSE BELLY FAT
This infographic from Fix.com describes eight varieties of avocado, how to peel and remove an avocado seed, the key vitamins in avocados, and several different uses of avocados in foods and alternatively, as a natural skin and bad breath treatment.
Infographic source and to learn more about the health benefits of avocados, and how to select, ripen, cut, pit, skin and prepare an avocado (including a few easy recipes), please go to Avocados - More Than Guac.
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