Food & Drink Health

All hail the avocado (and these 7 benefits)

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Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

Avocado is undoubtably one of the most beneficial fruits around. Here’s why…

Europeans ate more than 410 million kilograms of avocados in 2016. And according to the World Avocado Organization, the UK is one of the fastest growing markets in the world.

To celebrate the crocodile pear (as it’s sometimes known), we’ve listed some of its glorious benefits:

  1. They contain plenty of essential potassium for the body (even more than bananas).
  2. Studies have shown that eating them can lower cholesterol levels.
  3. The fat content of an avocado may help you absorb nutrients from plant foods better. This is an great reason to always include a healthy fat source like avocados when you eat veggies. Without it, a lot of the beneficial plant nutrients will go to waste.
  4. They have loads of antioxidants in them, which can do wonders for your skin and eyes.
  5. Avocados are good for the heart. They contain 25 milligrams per ounce of a natural plant sterol called beta-sitosterol, which is known to help maintain a healthy heart.
  6. They are good for making healthy babies. Folate is extremely important for a healthy pregnancy – inadequate intake reduces the risk of miscarriage and neural tube defects. Lucky then that avocados are a rich source of folate.
  7. They are one of the most versatile cooking fruits around. From making guacamole to spreading it on a bagel; using on a BBQ to throwing into a salad; frying them to using them in muffins. The yummy options are nigh on endless!