Buttery avocados are high in fat (the good kind), making them the perfect healthy comfort food. Here are some of the health benefits, along with our easy-to-make smoothie recipe.
This fruit (a berry, actually) is native to Central and South America. It's been cultivated since about 8,000 BC.
- Just 100 grams (about half an avocado) has approximately seven grams of fibre, which helps stabilize blood sugar and maintain a healthy weight.
- Avocados contain oleic acid, an anti-inflammatory monounsaturated fat that may aid the body’s ability to absorb certain nutrients, such as beta-carotene and lutein. Oleic acid also contributes to well-hydrated skin and hair.
- Avocados are loaded with potassium—even more than bananas—which research shows may help lower high blood pressure when part of a healthy diet.
- Compared to most fruit, avocados have higher concentrations of many B vitamins (except B12), which aid the liver’s detoxification process.
ADD IT TO YOUR BEAUTY REGIMEN
The high fat content of avocados is a dream for well-hydrated skin.
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INCORPORATE IT INTO YOUR DIET
Our Creamy Avocado Smoothie recipe makes a healthy breakfast or afternoon snack.
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