Avocados are amazing…and recently, they’ve absolutely exploded in popularity. Here are the six of our favorite reasons why that might be:
An avocado contains much more potassium than an average banana
Most people think of bananas when they want to power up on potassium, BUT…avocados actually have been shown to contain much more ounce per ounce! Comparing both fruits, the numbers are staggering: A single avocado has about 975 mg of potassium. A banana, which most people think of as a prime source, really only contains about half that, at 487 mg. So, you would have to eat 2 bananas to get the potassium from 1 avocado!
Avocados are one of the only fruits that are sort of high in protein
Protein? Haha, yep, that’s right…not that you’re likely to actually be LOW on protein as a vegan (more on that later!), but if you’re into that stuff, one avocado packs about 4 g of protein–which is pretty significant for a fruit. Most fruits are known to only contain less than 1g of protein. Now you know.
Avocados are an easy drop-in replacement for mayonnaise
Avocado spread on toast is actually pretty good, and it’s MUCH healthier than mayonnaise! It’s got a creamy texture and is high in healthy fats, so if you’re trying to eat more plants and whole foods, this is a tip to try for sure. From personal experience, avocados make for a much more filling breakfast or snack than butter or mayonnaise. Plus…you get essential vitamins you wouldn’t get otherwise.
You can benefit from avocados even without eating them
How? Many people put fresh, raw avocados in their hair to moisturize and repair damage within their hair. It makes sense, though…avocados are high in vitamin E, which is great for both hair and skin. According to some studies, the antioxidants and the amino acids within an avocado helps skin as well. People use mashed up avocado as face masks, hair masks, and more in spas and at home to fight wrinkles and other signs of aging.
Avocados are classified as a fruit (they’re a part of the berry family)
Personally, when I was younger I used to think that avocados were vegetables, because they’re not sweet like other fruits. I later found out they actually were fruits…related to berries, even (yep). As far as nutrition goes, though, they don’t really resemble any other fruits (except maybe the durian, which also has a high fat content).
One last thing…good fats are very essential to a healthy diet–so make sure to pick up your avocados today!
Not all fats are bad fats. Fried foods = bad. Trans fats = bad. Too much fat is probably bad, but you’ll find that there’s disagreement about this in the nutrition world. Either way, some fat in your diet is actually necessary and healthy. What’s your favorite way to enjoy avocados?