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Are Avocados Good For You?

Updated on July 9, 2020
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Like most people, I'm concerned with the practical needs of everyday life, and therefore research issues of health and livelihood.

Avocados contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, many of which are essential for the health of your heart, bones, skin and even mood. Many people believe avocados are unhealthy because they contain a lot of fat, but the kind of fat they contain is actually healthy; they do contain significant calories, but, like all food, your intake should not be excessive.

Here I present to you 9 reasons why avocados are good for you.

Heart Health

As already stated, avocados have healthy fats. They have monounsaturated fats that lower cholesterol. Specifically, they contain beta-sitosterol, omega 3s and oleic acid. Along with beta-sitosterol, avocados have campesterol and stigmasterol which have anti-inflammatory properties beneficial to the cardiovascular system.

Avocados help you keep healthy heart, bones, digestive system and healthy skin and eyes too.
Avocados help you keep healthy heart, bones, digestive system and healthy skin and eyes too. | Source

Healthy Bones

Avocados have vitamin K which can prevent osteoporosis because it helps with the absorption of calcium and prevents the loss of it through urine.

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Avocados are a delicious addition to the meal.
Avocados are a delicious addition to the meal.

Eyes

This delicious fruit (yes, it's technically a fruit) has a lot of lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids that are good for your eyes. They are antioxidants that reduce damage to the eyes and prevent macular degeneration.

Weight

Avocados are very fibrous and so make you feel full and satisfied quicker.

Believe it or not, those good fats in avocados can also help you lose weight. They help in sending signals to the brain that you are full and slow the break down of carbohydrates into sugar and keep the sugar levels of your blood stable.

Digestive System

Because avocados contain a lot of fiber, they keep you regular and ensure a healthy digestive system.

Why Avocados are Good For You

Keeps Heart Healthy
Bones
Eyes
Weight
Digestion
Skin
Fights disease
Mood
Good fats in avocados keep your cholesterol down and act as anti-inflammatories that help the heart
Vitamin K in them help absorption and retention of calcium for healthy bones.
Contains cartenoids that keep eyes healthy.
High in fiber so you feel fuller quicker and don't eat as much.
Fiber in the fruit keeps you regular.
Has properties that help produce cells that keep the skin healthy.
The fiber acts as a detoxifier and the nutrients such as B vitamins fights disease and infection.
Folate, a B vitamin, lowers the risk of depression, helping produce hormones for a better mood.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Avocados give you a healthy body and skin.
Avocados give you a healthy body and skin.

Fights Disease

The fiber that keeps your digestive system regular also helps to keep your body clean inside, preventing disease and infection. In addition, avocados have a good assortment of B vitamins, including folate, which help fight disease and infection. Folate protects you from colon, stomach, pancreatic and cervical cancers. It also helps to prevent miscarriage in pregnant women and prevents neural tube defects.

Skin

Folate also helps in cell repair and keeps your skin healthy.

Depression and Mood

Folate, which is in avocados, helps lower the risk of depression. This nutrient prevents the formation of homocysteine, a harmful amino acid that blocks nutrients from reaching the brain. Homocysteine can also interfere with the production of serotonin,a hormone that makes you feel good and can also block dopamine and norepinephrine; dopamine and norepinephrine also aid in mood.

Nutrient Absorption

Avocados not only contain a good amount of nutrients--including B vitamins, vitamins C, E and K, potassium and magnesium--it also helps in the absorption of nutrients.

Why? Well, believe it or not, it again has to do with fat. The fat in avocados actually helps your body absorb nutrients. Research has indeed shown that avocados aid in the absorption of nutrients.

Put some avocado in your shrimp salad to make you feel full faster and to help absorption of nutrients. Plus, it's delicious!
Put some avocado in your shrimp salad to make you feel full faster and to help absorption of nutrients. Plus, it's delicious! | Source

So, for a healthy heart, a trim body, healthy bones and eyes and skin, a good mood and a regular digestive system, and to fight off disease, avocados are just what the doctor ordered.

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    • NateB11 profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathan Bernardo 

      5 years ago from California, United States of America

      Thanks, Kiss and Tales. I was kind of the same way as a kid, didn't like avocados that much. Now I love em!

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      Kiss andTales 

      5 years ago

      Thank you I really appreciated your hub,

      Avocados just did not look scrumptious when I was a little girl, so I avoided them,

      As a woman of age I love them now, I love them prepared as dips, good with tacos, salads, now from your hub I have learned

      The value of why they are good for the body thank you. Looking forward to your next Hub.

    • NateB11 profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathan Bernardo 

      5 years ago from California, United States of America

      They're good, that's for sure, Matty.

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      Matty Navarro 

      5 years ago from New Jersey

      I am obsessed with avocados!!! I'm always looking for ways to eat them.

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      peachy 

      6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i like avocados in my salads, taste good and fresh

    • NateB11 profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathan Bernardo 

      6 years ago from California, United States of America

      It certainly is a great food! Thanks for stopping by, Susan!

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      Susan Deppner 

      6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      So good to know that one of my favorite foods is so good for me! Adding to my shopping list - need to stock up!

    • NateB11 profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathan Bernardo 

      6 years ago from California, United States of America

      Hi, Kiss and Tales. I'm the same, I've grown accustomed to avocados and really enjoy them now. Glad you stopped by.

    • NateB11 profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathan Bernardo 

      6 years ago from California, United States of America

      Hi, Robert. Yeah, I used to dislike the texture of avocados too. I've learned to like them and they're delicious in shrimp tacos. Cheers and thanks for stopping by.

    • NateB11 profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathan Bernardo 

      6 years ago from California, United States of America

      Thanks, Kevin. Yeah, they're a healthy food, for sure.

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      Kiss andTales 

      6 years ago

      Thank you so true , I eat them more now then ever , I would not as a kid, but you change in taste as you grow older .thanks for your informative hub of its, values.

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      Robert Beyer 

      6 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      I love avocados, but I hate that when you cut into them because the flesh is so slimey, but you brought some points I did not know about so I guess I will have to deal with a little bit of slime. Thanks for the info.

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      The Examiner-1 

      6 years ago

      That was very useful and interesting Nate. I have read about avocados before but I have not bought them yet and I have not remembered all of the facts about them. It reminded me. I voted up, shared and pinned it.

      Kevin

      P.S. - In the video the woman's voice did not change whether I moved the volume up or down. She also mimed part(s) of it.

    • NateB11 profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathan Bernardo 

      6 years ago from California, United States of America

      Thank you, Erin! Very glad you stopped by.

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      Erin Bower 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      I knew avocados were healthy, but I didn't know why until I read this. I voted this up and useful!

    • NateB11 profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathan Bernardo 

      6 years ago from California, United States of America

      Thanks, Judy, I appreciate that. Glad you stopped by.

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      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Avocados are amazing tasty and healthy, but I am deathly allergic to them.

      Excellent work.

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