An avocado is a pear-shaped green fruit with a large seed. It is also called butter pear or alligator pears.
Avocados are very nutritious fruits. They contain vitamins B, C, E, K, folate, and potassium. They are packed with lots of minerals like zinc, manganese, phosphorus, copper, magnesium, and iron.
Here I'll be discussing the heart-healthy benefits of avocados:
Avocados are loaded with potassium
Avocados are very rich in potassium. A 100g avocado contains 485mg of Potassium which is 14% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA). Potassium helps balance out your blood pressure by reducing the sodium levels in your blood. It reduces the tension in your blood vessel walls. Various studies have proven that high potassium consumption reduces your risk of stroke, heart attacks, and kidney failure.
Avocados help lower cholesterol levels
Avocados contain both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which help reduce blood cholesterol levels (especially in overweight people). The healthy fat in avocado is known as oleic acid. It is a monounsaturated fatty acid that helps lower cardiovascular inflammation.
According to Healthline, " avocados reduce a person's blood triglycerides by up to 20%. They lower the person's LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) by up to 22%. Then also increase a person's HDL (the good) cholesterol by up to 11%."
Avocados are packed with fiber
Avocados contain fiber which helps you feel full longer. A 100g of avocado contains 7g of fiber which is 27% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA). Fiber contributes to weight loss and lowers blood sugar spikes. It reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases like heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure.
There are various tasty ways to consume avocados. You can apply it onto your toast bread and add on other vegetables. You can also mix it in your salads or smoothies.
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