Food is the most important part of every living organism's life after water. Food provides energy for our body to function properly and to accomplish daily tasks with utmost efficiency. Ages ago 'food' got categorized into 'healthy' and 'non-healthy' foods.
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In midst the war of 'healthy' and 'non-healthy' food came another category of food, referred to as 'super-foods'. Now, many would wonder if consuming 'super-food' turns you into a 'super-human’. Well! Unfortunately, no. However, the term 'super-food' is used to refer to that food which has multiple benefits on our body. For instance, the fruit of the avocado tree is a super-food. Here is the list of benefits which you may get by eating avocados:
Contains more potassium than banana
Avocados are very high in potassium, which should support healthy blood pressure levels. Several studies show that having a high potassium intake is linked to reduced blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure
Avocado's fat is heart-healthy
Avocados and avocado oil are high in monounsaturated oleic acid, a "heart healthy" fatty acid that is believed to be one of the main reasons for the health benefits of olive oil. The fats in avocado are also pretty resistant to heat-induced oxidation, making avocado oil a healthy and safe choice for cooking.
Avocados tend to be high in fiber, about 7% by weight, which is very high compared to most other foods. Fiber can have various important benefits for weight loss and metabolic health. About 25% of the fiber in avocado is soluble, while 75% is insoluble
Avocados lowers cholesterol
Numerous studies have shown that eating avocado can improve heart disease risk factors like Total, LDL and HDL cholesterol, as well as blood triglycerides. One of the studies showed that including avocado in a low-fat vegetarian diet led to improvements in the cholesterol profile
Avocado improves metabolism
A dietary survey found that people who ate avocados had a much higher nutrient intake and had a lower risk of metabolic syndrome. Avocado consumers were found to be much healthier than people who didn't eat avocados.
Avocado is a powerful antioxidant
Avocados are high in antioxidants, including Lutein and Zeaxanthin. These nutrients are very important for eye health and lower the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.
The above listed benefits of consuming avocados are not even half of the total benefits of avocados. Therefore, it won't be wrong to say that avocado is the super-food of 'super-foods'.