Avocado is also known as “Persea Americana” or “Alligator Pear. It is both a vegetable and a fruit of large berry with a single seed inside. It is native to South Central Mexico and has high commercial value. It is cultivated in Mediterranean and tropical climates around the world. The spherical shaped and green skinned fleshy body fruit has predictable health benefits.
Nutrient Value Of Avocado Per 100gm
An avocado contains a wide variety of nutrients. The seed and the skin are discarded while the green-yellow flesh inside is eaten. It does not contain any sodium or cholesterol.
- Calories – 160gm
- Fats – 15gm
- Proteins – 2gm
- Dietary fiber – 28%
- Vitamin C – 17%
- Vitamin B5 – 14%
- VitaminB6 – 13%
- Vitamin E – 10%
- Iron – 3%
- Magnesium – 7%
- Calcium – 1%
- Potassium – 13%
Health Benefits Of Avocado
- Lowers Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels
Adding this fruit/vegetable to your daily diet lowers the cholesterol and triglyceride levels in your body. It reduces LDL cholesterol levels significantly up to 22%. It enhances the HDL or the good cholesterol by 11%.
- Minimizes the risk of heart disease and diabetes
As per the study conducted byNHANES survey (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) of United States, that included 17567 participants, those who consumed this fruit tend to be much healthier than the people who did not consume. The high nutrient content reduced the risk factor for heart disease and diabetes as well.
- High in Antioxidants that can protect your eyes
Consuming Avocado in oil form or fruit helps in increasing the absorption of antioxidants from other foods. Alligator pears are enriched with antioxidants called Lutein and Zeaxanthin that are essential for eye health. The fruit reduces the risk of macular and cataracts degeneration that are common in senior people.
- Helps in Preventing Cancer
Avocado helps in preventing cancer. The study has also proved that the side effects of chemotherapy in human lymphocytes are reduced. The fruit extract inhibits the growth of the prostate cancer cells too.
The health benefits of avocado are numerous. It aids in reducing arthritis, losing weight and easily incorporates with the diet.