Top 6 Reasons to LOVE Avocados

An avocado contains much more potassium than an average banana.

Most people go to bananas when they want their dose of potassium for the day, but avocados have been shown to contain much more, ounce per ounce. Comparing both fruits, the numbers blow you away: A single avocado has about 975 mg of potassium–a banana, which most people think of as a prime source, 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 high in protein.

In retrospect, one avocado packs about 4g of protein–which is pretty high for fruit. Most fruits are known to only contain less than 1g of protein. How’s that to shake things up a bit?

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Many people use avocados in replacement of butter.

Avocado mashed up and spread on toast is actually pretty good, so don’t knock it til you try it! It’s got a creamy texture and is high in healthy fats, so if you’re trying to include more raw foods or healthy types of fats in your diet, this is a tip to try for sure.  From personal experience, avocados on toast make for a much more filling breakfast or snack than butter toast. Plus, you get your essential vitamins you wouldn’t get from a stick of butter. Try avocados today 🙂

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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–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 avocado face masks, hair masks–you name it–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 (silly me!). 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).

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One last thing, a healthy fat profile is essential to a healthy diet–so make sure to pick up your avocados today.

Avocados are high in omega 9 fatty acids, rather than omega 6.  Why does that matter?  Oleic acid, which is an omega 9 fatty acid, is the same “good fat” that is found in olive oil.  A BBC report has even reported that foods, like avocados, containing oleic acid could help with brain function and memory.  So, if you’re serious about your diet, try adding a bit of avocado into your diet here and there, and start living a healthier life!

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