Small in size, but mighty in nutritional value, the Avocado is a fruit you simply need more of. Below i’ve outlined a number of small Avocado nutrition facts to encourage more consumption of this powerful food. This article will attempt to establish what is an avocado, explain the benefits of eating avocado and revealing the avocado secrets.
Fat, Fat, Fat, Fat
The Avocado has grown in popularity over the last few years, especially in the health industry as the fruit is pretty unique. For starters, the fruit unlike others, is mostly made up of fat where as its family are mostly made up of the macronutrient: carbohydrate. Read: Healthy sources of carbs.
The Avocado may consist mostly of fat, but this is good fat we’re talking about. Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are actually pretty good for you, they help lower blood cholesterol and support other bodily functions. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that fats are pretty calorific so whilst we need to consume some, do so in moderation.
Fiber, Fiber, Fiber
Similar to how low GI carbs can increase satiety, as explained on Healthy sources of carbs, Avocados also have a bunch of fibre in them meaning they are also great as reducing cravings.
Fiber is great for helping your body to push food through your digestive system, making going to the toilet that little bit easier! But it also reduces blood sugar levels and stops you from feeling hungry quicker – ultimately promoting weight loss.
Prevention, Prevention, Prevention
According to AuthorityNutrition, Avocados may help prevent cancer. In studies carried out in isolated cells, Avocado extract has shown subtle evidence that the pear shaped fruit can inhibit the growth of certain types of cancer. Basically, a really good reason to definitely put this on your plate.
Versatility, Versatility, Versatility
Avocados (when ripe) are incredibly squishy, this makes them perfect for most meals. Ever had a burrito and wondered what Guacamole is made from? That’s right, Avocados. Mashing them up, adding some lemon juice and red onions and you’ve got your own home made Mexican condiment.
They also go great with chicken, pictured above, you’ll see i’ve swapped out my brown rice on a rest day for a whole avocado. See, versatile.
If you’re feeling brave, you could even blend an avocado into your fruit smoothie instead of other fruit – it looks a bit weird and makes your smoothie a foul green colour but boy does it taste good. Avocados naturally have a nutty flavour and smooth texture, so this ingredient raises the bar with your standard strawberry smoothie.
With a little help of these Small Avocado nutrition facts, you’ll hopefully be incorporating the fruit into your weekly diet for some pretty impressive benefits.