Avocados: benefits and risks


Avocados: benefits and risks

Despite their reputation for having a high calorie and fat count, avocados are packed with good nutrients and heart-healthy compounds, providing big health benefits. Their rich and creamy texture make them a versatile fruit, adaptable to many dishes.

Healthy Fat
“Avocados are very high in omega 3 fatty acids, the good kind of fat, in the form of alpha-linolenic acid,” San Diego-based nutritionist Laura Flores explains. Avocados are low in saturated fat and do not contain cholesterol or sodium. This can therefore improve heart disease risks such as cholesterol.

Contain more potassium than bananas
Potassium is a highly important mineral, supporting healthy blood pressure levels. Deficiency in potassium causes fatigue, irritability and hypertension. Additionally, avocados are high in magnesium, phosphorus and iron.

Fiber
Fiber is indigestible plant matter, which can reduce blood sugar spikes and is strongly linked to a lower risk of many diseases. Avocados tend to have around 3.4 grams of fiber, providing a smoothly running digestive system.

Skin
Vitamin C and vitamin E in avocados provide a great basis for psoriasis cream, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. It can also leave your skin looking glowing and nourished.

Avocados offer around 20 vitamins and minerals in every serving. Like with any food, overconsumption can come with its risks. “Consuming too many avocados may lead to weight gain because of the fat content, even though it is an unsaturated fat,” Flores points out.
“It can also lead to nutritional deficiencies, since fat is digested slower and leaves you feeling fuller longer than [do] other nutrients.”.

Therefore, the key to a healthy and balanced lifestyle is always moderation.





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