Sure, there may be more exciting moments in life than the feel of your knife slicing through the skin of a perfectly ripe avocado, but we can’t think of any. Oh, wait a sec … Nope, still nothing.
We can, however, think of tons more reasons to love this creamy, green fruit! Not only are avocados fresh and satisfying, but they’re good for you on so many levels. From playing the part of secret ingredient in celebrity beauty routines to calorie friendly meals and helping us live well and feel good, here are five more reasons to heart avocados.
The nutritional benefits of avocados are huge. Dietary fiber from fruits, as part of an overall healthy diet, helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease. Avocados as a fresh fruit are a great way to add variety to your diet and contain 8 percent of your daily value of fiber per serving.
A mashed avocado makes for more than a beautiful dip for game day; it also makes for a remarkable beauty cream. Spread mashed avocado on the skin for an anti-aging facial mask, or massage a mashed avocado into the hair for a deep conditioner and scalp revitalizer.
These versatile fruits are delicious for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between. Spread them on toast with a poached egg in the morning, blend them into a smoothie for a snack, dice them in salads for a midday meal, or use them as an oil replacement for fudgy, delicious brownies.
Avocados contain 81 micrograms of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin per 1-ounce serving. Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoids which some research suggests may help maintain eye health as we age.
Avocados contribute good fats to one’s diet. Why naturally good fats? Because the body needs some dietary fat in moderation to help with absorption of nutrients. Good fats do not raise LDL “bad” cholesterol levels. Avocados contain 3.5g of naturally good fat per 1-ounce serving.
Avocados are good for expecting moms because they have 3.5 grams of unsaturated fats, which are known to be important for normal growth and development of the central nervous system and brain.