Avocados are one of the most beneficial superfoods on the planet and are loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, healthy fats and fibre. They are delicious eaten with bread and tomatoes, in guacamole, in salad, on pasta, in cakes to replace oil – I love them basically on anything! In fact, I have about an avocado almost every day.
Avocados are a nutrient-dense, low-calorie food – pure nutrition. They are a rich source of vitamins A, E, C, K, folate, fiber, iron, potassium, magnesium, beta-carotene, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and thiamin. They are also rich in insoluble fibre, as well as monounsaturated fats.
All together, an avocado contains nutrients beneficial for blood health, joint health, digestive health, cardiovascular health, brain health, cellular function, nerve function and more. It’s an incredibly valuable superfood that may be one of the best bargains for your money (nutritionally speaking), piece by piece. They are worth having on hand!
One study took just over 17,500 people and compared the avocado-eaters to those who did not eat avocados, and the results were quite shocking.
The Study Found These 6 Key Differences Between Avocado-Eaters vs. Non-Eaters
- Eaters Had Higher Nutrient Intake:
Avocado eaters beat non-avocado eaters in nutritional intake across the board. They had 36% more dietary fibre, 23% more vitamin E, 13% more Magnesium, 16% more Potassium and 48% more vitamin K than non-consumers. How incredible is that?
- Eaters Had More Good Fats:
Avocado-eaters had 18% more monounsaturated and 12% more polyunsaturated fats, which benefit the body’s ability to balance cholesterol levels and maintain a healthy cardiovascular system.
- Avocado-Eaters were 7.5 Pounds Lighter & Thinner:
On average, the avocado-eater was 7.5 pounds thinner than the non-avocado eater. Avocado consumers also had lower BMI (Body Mass Index) values than non-eaters. They also had significantly smaller waist circumference measurements than non-avocado eaters, an average of 4 cm smaller.
- Healthier Cholesterol:
Avocado-eaters had much higher levels of HDL (also known as good cholesterol) than those who did not eat avocados.
- 50% Reduction in Metabolic Syndrome Risk:
Metabolic syndrome risk increases as you age, but you can reduce that risk by eating avocados more often. Metabolic syndrome is not a disease but a series of risk factors such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, abdominal fat and unhealthy cholesterol levels.
- Healthier Overall Across The Board:
People who ate avocados were healthier than those who did not, across the board. Healthy weight, cardiovascular health, blood and cholesterol health.
It would be interesting to see a study comparing cognitive health and even measure IQ differences between avocado-eaters and non-avocado eaters. I would venture to say that those who ate avocados were also more intelligent, as a by-product, as well because of the healthy fats and other nutrients in this super food to feed the brain.
As you can see, people who eat avocados are simply healthier than those who do not. This nutrient dense superfood should be included in your diet more! Eat it whole, add it on top of a salad, make guacamole, add it to your pasta or smoothie – and love it. Long live the avocado!