You probably love avocados already unless you're (a) allergic to them or (b) crazy. describing them. for you. So much so, in fact, that we thought it was high time to compile a list of their most amazing health benefits. Read on to get even more pro-avo than you already are…But they’re not just good—they’re also really good
It’s hard not to: They’re creamy, fresh, satisfying…we’re practically drooling just
1. They could help you slim down: A study from Nutrition Journalfound that eating half an avocado for lunch helps keep you fuller in the afternoon than if you don't have one. Translation: Put avocado on everything lunch. We’re talking your salad, your sandwich, on top of your soup, everything. You’ll feel more satisfied during the afternoon, and therefore less likely to snack—and more likely to lose a few of those afternoon munchies pounds. Boom.
2. You may make healthier choices if you eat them: Avocado lovers are basically synonymous with health lovers. Seriously! A study of 17, 567 adults conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that people who ate half an avocado per day were healthier overall than those who didn’t. They reported diets containing more fiber, vitamins, minerals, and good-for-you fats. What’s more, they also weighed less and had lower BMIs, smaller waists, and healthier cholesterol levels. Keep in mind, the results were correlational—meaning that avocados didn’t necessarily cause these things. But the authors believe that avocado consumers are more health conscious overall than non-avocado consumers, meaning it can’t hurt to hop on the nature’s butter train.
3. They’re great for your skin: You are what you eat—quite literally. The monounsaturated fats in avocados help to nourish your skin, hair, and nails. And avocados also contain lutein, which helps improve your eyes.
4. They may lower your blood pressure: Avocados are very high in potassium, which helps lower blood pressure. And even though most people think bananas are the go-to potassium source, avocados actually have way more. Half an avocado contains 487 milligrams, whereas a medium banana only has 422 milligrams.
5. They can help prevent injuries: Nature’s butter, nature’s Band-Aid, what’s next? The reason avocados can help keep you injury-free is that they contain lots of good-for-you monounsaturated fats. And a
study actually found that
competitive female runners whose diets were made up of less than 20 percent fat
were more likely to suffer injuries than those who consumed at least 31
percent. Translation? Incorporating more healthy fats into your diet may help
your body better fend off injury. Now that’s reason for a post-run guac fest if
we’ve ever heard one. University of Buffalo