By Mary O. Parker
Not only do Avocados from Mexico taste terrific, but they are nutritious to boot. In fact, the diverse benefits of avocados just might surprise you!
Avocados and Heart Disease
Avocados can help consumers meet the Dietary Guidelines for 2015, which emphasizes making small dietary shifts including replacing “bad fats” with “good fats.”
Unsaturated (both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) fats are found in avocados, and unsaturated fats are considered “good fats.” The body needs some dietary fat to help with absorption of nutrients — but not all fats are the same, and keeping a healthy balance of your fat intake is key. Good fats can help your intake of dietary fat and do not raise LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Avocados and Fiber
Don’t let their creamy texture fool you; avocados contribute 2 grams of fiber per 1-ounce serving — 8 percent of your daily value. Dietary fiber adds bulk to your diet and can help you feel full faster, increase satiety, and help you feel fuller longer.
Foster Nutrient Absorption
Avocados contain 3.5 grams of naturally good fats per 1-ounce serving. Good fats help the body absorb fat-soluble nutrients without raising LDL (bad) cholesterol levels when eaten as part of a healthy diet.
Avocados and Eye Health
Avocados contain 81 micrograms of lutein and zeaxanthin per 1-ounce serving. Lutein and zeaxanthin are caroteinoids, which some research suggests may help maintain eye health as we age.
Read more about the benefits of avocados here.