Avocados: Nutrition and Benefits

Avocados are considered to be almost a complete food. In some parts of the world, mashed avocados are used to wean babies.

Avocados originate in Central America, but they have been cultivated for thousands of years.

Avocados are rich in potassium and vitamin A. In total they contain nearly 20 vitamins and nutrients. They also help the body to absorb fat-soluble nutrients.

Avocados are, however, not low- calorie. They are high in calories and natural fats. But the body does need to have its quota of fats and oils, and by eating avocados, one can supply these fats in a healthy and natural way. (In fact, a lack of sufficient amounts of healthy oils and fats can cause weight gain.)

Traditionally, avocados have been used to heal skin problems. The pulp of the avocado is considered to have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Avocado paste can be applied to rashes and rough skin, to make it smoother. Consuming avocados also gives one vitamin A which has a big part in maintaining and creating healthy skin.

Rubbing avocado on the skin can help to sooth a sunburn.

Avocados can help you keep your eyes healthy.

Avocados have also been traditionally used to assist in sexual problems.

Avocados are a good antioxidant.

Eating an avocado every day can help one to recover from illness and regain your strength.

Avocados contain beta-carotene (which is said to help prevent cancer). The brighter the avocado, the more beta-carotene it contains.

Avocados also assist in weight-loss. They help to speed up the metabolism. Their high fat-content helps one to feel “full” more quickly, therefore reducing the tendency to overeat while supplying healthy raw oils. Eating avocados also helps to reduce the temptation to eat sugars and unhealthy fats.

As avocados supply so many nutrients, they can help to cure unhealthy cravings or other symptoms of deficiencies (one symptom of vitamin deficiencies is over-eating and weight gain.)

Adding avocados to your diet can benefit you considerably in your endeavors toward weight-loss, nutrition, health, and well being.

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