19 Reasons To Love Avocados

19 Reasons To Love Avocados, benefits of avocado, raw food, good fats

19 Reasons To Love Avocados

Years ago, when our young son was struggling with massive patches of eczema on the inner surface of both legs (secondary to mold exposure, leading to leaky gut and then food allergies), we had to unstick his jammies from his legs in the tub many mornings because of the seeping and weeping of the tissues. One of the most important things I discovered was the healing power of the raw avocado.

Many nutritionists and raw foodists would say avocado is the Best Food In The Entire World, and I came to agree with them. 

Interestingly, it is a fruit, not a vegetable – actually an oily berry!

19 Reasons To Love Avocados, cutting avocado, avocado seed, alligator pear

One of God’s healthiest foods…let me count the ways:

1.) Healthy, weight-reducing mono-unsaturated fat - Avocados have more fat than any other fruit, but don’t let that stop you from eating them It’s the most amazing, counter-intuitive kind of fat!

In one study, after just a week of adding avocado to their diet, the patients experienced a 22% decrease in bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels and an 11% increase in good cholesterol. The same study also found that people who ate avocados were more likely to have a lower body weight, BMI (body mass index), and waist circumference!

19 Reasons To Love Avocados, good fats, heart healthy raw food,

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2.) Prevent birth defects - Avocados are rich in folate, a B vitamin commonly known as folic acid. One cup of avocado provides about 23% of the recommended daily value of folate. The high amount of folate in avocado is essential in the prevention of birth defects, such as neural tube defect and spina bifida.

3.) They’re baby friendly - Avocados are the size of a baby in its mother’s womb at 16 weeks. They’re also a good snack to feed to babies young and old!

19 Reasons To Love Avocados, baby eating with a spoon, baby food, mashed avocado, good fats,

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4.) Regulate the blood sugar levels - The monounsaturated (good) fats in avocados can reverse insulin resistance which help to regulate blood sugar levels. Avocados also contain soluble fiber which keeps a steady blood sugar level.

5.) Vitamins and minerals - Avocados are full of potassium (way more than bananas) and magnesium, two nutrients known to help reduce blood pressure. In addition, avocados are rich in Vitamins A, B9, B6, B5,C, K, and E along with copper, a non-toxic form of iron, and phosphorus.

19 Reasons To Love Avocados, Avocado, lettuce and, tomato sandwich, ALT, replacement for meat, good fats, panini

(“Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Avocado, & Feta Sandwich” by Two Peas And Their Pod)

6.) Dietary fiber -There are 10 grams of fiber in a medium-sized avocado, with 75 percent of that fiber being insoluble (the one that speeds up the digesting process), and the other 25 percent being soluble (responsible for making you feel “full”).

7.) Absorption -One study showed that when avocado is added to salad, the absorption of beta-carotene from carrots increased 13.6 times, and the absorption of alpha-carotene from lettuce increased 4.3 times compared to the same salad eaten without avocado. The reason is because the mono-saturated fat in an avocado helps the body absorb fat-soluble carotenoid phyto-nutrients better.

19 Reasons To Love Avocados, salad, increased absorption of nutrients, good fats

(My kitchen)

8.) Maintain a healthy heart - Avocado contains vitamin B6 and folic acid, which help regulate homocysteine levels. High level of homocysteine is associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Avocado also contains vitamin E and glutathione which help in maintaining a healthy heart.

9.) Cancer-preventing - The oleic acid in avocado is also effective in preventing breast cancer. Early research has also found that the fruit could play a role in inhibiting the growth of prostate cancer cells.

10.)  Anti-aging properties - The glutathione in avocado boosts the immune system and slows aging processes. Research in Mexico has shown that the oil in avocados has high antioxidant levels to combat destructive rogue oxygen molecules that oxidize and age cell membranes, proteins, and DNA.

11.) Avocados are a cheap alternative for Botox and serve as a super effective moisturizer, sunburn treatment, and serious wrinkle remover. Mix raw honey, yogurt, and an avocado together, and then slather it on your face. We certainly can afford to spend $1 on a Haas avocado to whip up an antioxidant and amino acid-rich mask that will target fine lines, crow’s feet, and other signs of aging!

19 Reasons To Love Avocados, face mask with yogurt, honey and avocado, anti-aging

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12.) Help for eczema: Long-term treatment with avocados and avocado oil helps relieve eczema. I’m not surprised, as avocado oil is rich in fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, all of which help maintain healthy skin. I suggest applying it directly to any itchy, red or irritated areas. ~The Green Pharmacy: New Discoveries in Herbal Remediesby James A. Duke, Ph.D.

13.)  Protein - an average avocado contains around 4 grams of protein, which is much more than most other fruits. And it’s good-quality protein to boot. While they don’t contain every single amino acid required in the body’s protein-building process, they do have all 18 of the important ones, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Plus, all of that protein is available for the body to use, while some of the protein you might get from meat sources is not.

19 Reasons To Love Avocados, avocado topping on pizza,

(Charred Corn and Avocado Pizza by Two Peas And Their Pod)

14.) Promote eye health - Avocado is an excellent source of carotenoid lutein, which known to help protect against age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

15.) If you’re trying to eat healthier, you can swap equal amounts of avocado for butter in most recipes for baked goods. Chocolate-chip cookies and banana bread can taste delicious when baked with avocado. Check out these beautiful avocado brownies from “How Sweet Eats.” There’s even avocado in the frosting!

19 Reasons To Love Avocados, brownies with avocado icing, dessert, sweet treats

16.) Cure bad breath - Avocados are one of the best natural mouth wash and bad breath remedies. It is cleanses intestine which is the real cause of coated tongue and bad breath.

17.) Anti-inflammatory properties - Phytonutrient compound found in avocados, such as polyphenols and flavonoids have been found to have anti-inflammatory properties, thereby reducing the risk of inflammatory and degenerative disorders.

18.) They have natural packaging - You can’t eat the thick skin, but it shields the green goodness inside, making avocados perfect for travel. Eat when they yield a bit when gently squeezed.

19 Reasons To Love Avocados, avocado skin, peeling off wrapper

19.) It makes an amazing and healthy ice cream if you use raw honey or maple syrup instead of refined sugar! Thank you, Medy, for introducing it to us years ago!

19 Reasons To Love Avocados, avocado gelato, Italian ice cream, good fats,

(Avocado Gelato by Food 52)

So, it is a happy fact! I agree that the ingeniously packaged, no-cook, buttery, versatile green fruit called ‘avocado’ is one of the best foods in the world. Do you have any special avocado recipes that you can share here? Kindly share a link with us in the comments. 

19 Reasons To Love Avocados

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20 Responses to 19 Reasons To Love Avocados

  1. I LOVE avocados! I eat almost a whole one every day. I loved your post on coconut oil also and have been putting it on my face every day since hoping to look as good as you soon! ;)

  2. Toni says:

    Hi Jacqueline, this is a great post. I’ve never done an avocado study so I didn’t know avocados helped to regulate blood sugar levels. I’ll be adding more of those to Goodman’s diet after reading this. He is Type II and finds it difficult at times to maintain the proper level sometimes. Thanks for this great information!
    Hope you are having a great start to the week!

  3. Jill York says:

    We really like avocados at our house! Thank you for these new ideas in your post – great info!
    This is a dip we enjoy: http://jillshomeremedies.blogspot.com/2013/05/homemade-guacamole.html

  4. Sharon K says:

    Thanks for the additional ideas to use a food we already love.
    Here is a simple salad recipe using avacado: http://comeanddine.wordpress.com/2010/10/18/avocado-salad/

  5. Renata says:

    This post made me smile. When I was expecting my twins I craved avocados & had at least a whole one every day! That was the pregnancy I experienced the least weight gain & lost the baby weight very quickly (possibly feeding twin boys who were always hungry while chasing two toddlers attributed to this). I still love avocado & eat it regularly. It’s a shame they are so expensive over here ( $4 each). I had never heard that you could substitute it for butter. It’s all very interesting!
    Thanks for sharing
    Have a lovely day
    Renata:)

  6. JES says:

    Avocado was our daughter’s first food :) and we are babying a small tree right now… And now I have 19 more reasons to pray it grows, besides the wonderful taste!

  7. Charlotte Moore says:

    I had no idea of so many benefits from avocados. I have only used them a few times to make a dip. Need to use more now.

    BLESSINGS!!!

    • Jacqueline says:

      Hello, Charlotte :)
      I got my mom to promise me she would eat more avocados, but we’ll see. I think they are particularly good for us as we age. The good fats hydrate me and I think they are one of the reasons my joints don’t hurt…that and the coconut oil i take so liberally.
      Have a great week and maybe spring will be here sooner than we think ;)
      Blessings and a hug!

  8. Roxy says:

    Dear Jacqueline, This is a very complete and inspiring list for the benefits of avocado!
    I think they are so delicious, I love them just sliced and drizzled with olive oil!
    I want to save this post to encourage myself to incorporate these into more of my meals and recipes. I should plant a tree in my back yard, but maybe it would be easier to move to the Tropics :o)
    Blessings, xo Roxy

  9. Kim says:

    When I eat avocados – I get sick to my stomach. Does anyone else have this problem? Is there anything I can do about this?

    • Jacqueline says:

      Kim,
      You may be allergic to them. I’ve never heard of it, though. I am so sorry. Maybe try again in 4-6 months and see if it still happens.
      God bless you!

  10. I try to keep avocados around all the time for guacamole or to add to soups and sandwiches. In fact, I had some this morning on a bagel! But I never even thought of baking with them! Definitely going to try that… :)

  11. Molly Young says:

    I LOVE avocados and so does my 11 month old! Thanks for more info, I had no idea just how awesome they are! Really love this blog! =)

  12. Hilary says:

    What a wonderful post! We had avocado trees in our banana grove in Kenya, but we had to move just before they were ripe enough to eat. There were hundreds on the trees! If I had read this then… well, I’m thankful I can buy them anyway. I’ve always liked avocado – now I have 19 reasons to encourage the non-avocado eaters at our house to reconsider! I always learn new things on your blog. Thank you, Ms. Jacqueline! Blessings, Hilary

    • Jacqueline says:

      Hilary,
      I would have missed those Kenyan avocados, too. I hope your family will develop a love of them just for you :) Thank you for your kind words, dear. Do you have a post on your time in Kenya? I would love to know your background there. Blessings to you all..

  13. Janice Jackson says:

    Thanks Jacqueline:

    Do you think the avocado has to be organic, or would a regular be just as good?

    Thanks so much for this? The Lord bless you!

    Janice

    • Jacqueline says:

      Janice,
      Sorry, I just saw this…non-organic is fine. They aren’t sprayed heavily like many other things. Enjoy:)
      Blessings,
      jacqueline

  14. Abby says:

    Wow, thanks for all this great info about avocados. I have one in my kitchen right now. I appreciate all the knowledge you share about the foods that God has given us. Blessings to you.

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