Avocados: They’re Good and Good for You

Avocados aren’t just delicious, they’re packed with health benefits you can acquire both from eating the fruit and through other methods. Depending on where you live, there may be a variety of avocados available to you, from the common, smaller oval Hass avocado to the pear-shaped, large Pinkerton variety.




Edible Benefits
High in potassium – a typical avocado contains around 708 mg of potassium, or 15 percent of your recommended daily allowance, much better than the famously potassium-packed banana. Potassium promotes healthy blood pressure.

High in fiber – The high fiber content of avocados contributes to weight loss by helping with gut bacteria; it also reduces blood pressure spikes.

High in oleic acid – the vast majority of an avocado’s calories are from this monounsaturated fatty acid, which reduces inflammation and can stave off cancer genes.

Non-Edible Benefits
Amazingly, avocados even offer benefits that don’t stem from simply eating them.

As a moisturizer – avocado is a good source of skin-repairing fatty acids and has a natural moisturizing factor that can prevent wrinkles and help damaged hair as well. This is one reason it is present in many skin creams, lotions, and shampoos.

As a sunscreen – amazingly, avocado oil works as a natural sunscreen and can likewise help heal already sunburned skin.

As a psoriasis treatment – avocado oil has been known to take away the scales from a psoriasis disorder.

Reduces bad breath – avocado juice cleanses your mouth and helps remove the bacteria in your intestine and gut that often create bad breath.

Whether you are out enjoying an avocado milkshake in the sun (don’t forget your avocado sunscreen!), or having avocado toast on a Sunday morning, this rich, green fruit will keep you both healthy and satisfied all day long!

Excerpted from an article written by Aaron Goldfarb originally published on Fix.com. Used with permission.

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