Many people don’t get enough of the mineral potassium in their diet.
This deficiency can lead to high blood pressure, which is in turn a significant risk factor for heart attack, stroke and kidney disease.
Avocados are particularly rich in potassium, and a good food to eat to maintain normal blood pressure and lower the risk of kidney failure and heart disease.
Aside from healthy blood pressure, the oleic acid and dietary fiber in avocados help normalize blood sugar levels, providing further benefits for heart health and lowering the risk of diabetes.
Avocado is a particularly important food for women who are pregnant, and those trying to get pregnant, due to its high concentrations of folate, or folic acid.
This B vitamin is needed to prevent birth defects like spina bifida and doctors advise women to get high amounts of folate both before and during pregnancy. Avocados contain around 45 mcg of folate per half a cup, which is more than any other fruit, making them a great food source for moms to be.
Benefits for Weight Loss
Many people would be surprised that a food so high in fat and calories would be recommended for weight loss. However, research has shown that avocado’s monounsaturated fatty acids are much more likely to be used as slow burning energy than stored as body fat.
This steady energy and the feeling satiated fullness that you get from eating an avocado is one of the reasons they are so good at reducing hunger and appetite.
It’s also why including more foods in your diet that are high in healthy fats and less with processed carbohydrates makes such a big difference when you want to lose weight.