So...why is the avocado so great?
First, it has a very high level of oleic acid. Oleic acid is a monounsaturated fat that aids in fat metabolism.
“Many studies have shown that lutein and zeaxanthin reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts.
“Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoids that filter harmful high-energy blue wavelengths of light and act as antioxidants in the eye, helping protect and maintain healthy cells.”
Avocados also contain ionic potassium and folate. Potassium – Sodium ratios are very important to keep your heart healthy and functioning properly.
If you eat vegetables (and you should), here’s another great thing about avocados...
According to Natural News, most vegetables contain high amounts of carotenoid based antioxidants. “Studies have shown that these antioxidants are lipophilic (fat-loving) and are absorbed best in the body when combined with a healthy fat such as oleic acid.”
A study published in the Journal of Nutrition in March 2005 showed that adding avocados to salad increased absorption of alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and lutein 7.2, 15.3, and 5.1 times higher, respectively, than the average amount of these carotenoids absorbed when avocado-free salad was eaten.
In other words, eating avocados in your salad and with vegetables is (most likely) a very good thing!
What Type Of Avocados Should You Eat?
Both Florida (the big avocados) and Hass avocados are good for your digestive tract because they contain soluble and insoluble fiber. However, Hass avocados have higher concentrations of lutein, zeaxanthin and some other nutrients.
Can Avocados Prevent Skin Wrinkling?
Some think avocados can prevent wrinkles and skin aging. It is believed avocados are great anti-aging foods because they contain D-manno-heptuloe sugar. This sugar has been shown to improve skin epidermis by boosting collagen formation.
Avocados contain antioxidants that may reduce age spots, decrease inflammation and help scars to heal. Amazing Huh? So...load up the plate. Avocados are the real deal!
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