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Avocado Nutrition Facts – Health Benefits of Avocado

Posted on: June 9, 2012


By Rob Poulos…

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, chances are you’ve heard about the many health benefits of avocado.

These tasty “alligator pears” as they are often referred to make a great fat burning treat as well as promotes overall good health. If you think you don’t like avocados, keep reading to find out why you might want to reconsider.

About Avocados

Many people dismiss the health benefits of avocado simply due to its high calorie count. With 322 calories per avocado it is quite high in calories, but that’s not the entire story. Avocados have 54% of your recommended daily value of fiber, which gives this fruit much of its fat burning abilities.

Sometimes called the alphabet fruit because just one avocado provides your body with vitamins A, C, E, K and B6 so you can be sure you’re getting plenty of body nourishments with each bite. Other vitamins found in relatively large quantities in an avocado include riboflavin, niacin, folate and pantothenic acid.

When you’re looking for avocado nutrition facts, pay close attention to potassium because one avocado has 975 mg.

It’s important to note that the outer dark green skin of the avocado is inedible, as is the huge pit in the center. Halve an avocado and remove the seed prior to eating. Slice & scoop or simply scoop out the yummy green center!

Health Benefits of Avocados

The folate contained in avocados is mostly responsible for reducing the risk of heart disease, especially compared to people who have a diet low in folate. The vitamin E in an avocado has also been linked to a healthy heart, something needed to keep you successfully burning fat all day long.

Another health benefit of avocado is that it is extremely helpful in preventing both rheumatoid and osteo-arthritis. The many different antioxidants found in avocados help reduce inflammation, a major concern for sufferers of either type of arthritis. Avocado nutrients responsible for this health benefit include vitamins C & E as well as manganese.

Perhaps the biggest health benefit of avocados is that by adding avocado to certain foods, you can improve your absorption of nutrients. This means that when you combine other fat burning foods with avocado, you can improve your nutrient absorption up to 400%!

Avocados provide many general health benefits, in addition to its fat burning benefits due to its vitamin E and glutathione, which protects you against tons of diseases including several forms of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and cholesterol.

Avocados also help reduce the signs of aging, regulate blood sugar and promote eye health.

With all these health benefits it’s time to find simple ways to get health benefits of avocado regularly.

Fat Burning Avocado Recipes

Store avocados at room temperature until ripened and ready to use, refrigerate ripe avocados. Store open avocado in an airtight container to prevent oxidation, the browning of the avocado due to oxygen.

  • Chop ½ avocado and add it to your favorite salad.
  • Slice 1 avocado, ½ onion and 2 tomatoes for a quick salad.
  • Mash 1 avocado then whip for a healthy mayonnaise alternative. Also doubles as a delicious dip!
  • Chop 1 avocado and add to ½ cup each black beans, corn and chopped onion for a light non-traditional salsa.
  • Add sliced avocado to deli sandwiches for a creamy rich flavor that also provides you with health-boosting nutrients.

Taking advantage of the health promoting and fat burning benefits of avocado is easy. Use these recipes to jump start your fat burning process, and don’t let the misinformation and half-truths floating about avocado scare you.

When eaten in moderation—less that 1 avocado a day—you can enjoy all the health benefits of avocado while you lose weight!


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