Avocado is a superfruit (yes, it’s a fruit)
It is loaded with such an abundance of health benefits that it is still being studied to determine exactly how the human body uses the nutrients it gets from the avocado.
There are hundreds of varieties of avocados and depending on which source you use that number can change. In the U.S. the vast majority are grown in California with over 90% of those being Hass avocados. In fact, the Hass variety is favored worldwide for its high-fat flesh, nutty taste, and buttery consistency. It has an oil content of 20% or higher and tough skin; the latter of which makes it so that it can be shipped great distances and still arrive in good shape. It has more potassium than a banana and unlike other fruits it is high in protein.
A single avocado has 160 calories, 2 grams of protein and 15 grams of healthy fats. Although it contains 9 grams of carbs, 7 of those are fiber so there are only 2 “net” carbs, making this a low-carb friendly plant food.
Don’t let the high fat content deter you because in this case we are talking about healthy fats.
More specifically oleic acid; a monounsaturated fatty acid. The same healthy fat you find in olive oil. It is a heart healthy fruit that reduces heart disease risk factors. They can also help the body better absorb plant-based nutrients such as vitamins A, D, E, K and various antioxidants. This is because these nutrients are “fat-soluble” or they are absorbed by the body when they are carried from the digestive tract by fat and then stored in body tissues.
Eating avocado is not the only way to benefit from its nutrients. Avocados and avocado oil are great in DIY skin and hair mask.
The proteins, amino acids, and vitamins soothe and moisturize the scalp and promote hair growth. Like coconut oil, avocado oil is one of the few oils that can penetrate the hair cuticle lubricating the follicle from the inside out. It strengthens the hair follicle and imparts amazing radiance. Vitamin E is a natural preservative and antioxidant. Avocados have vitamin E in abundance! It is easily absorbed into the scalp and hair, protecting it from environmental stressors and damage.
Let’s not forget about your skin! The antioxidants, vitamin C and vitamin E impart anti-aging properties. While the monounsaturated fats moisturize and keep your skin supple and flexible. Vitamin A and B3 (niacin) are particularly good for those with acne-prone skin. Consuming B3 can help heal acne from the inside out but the topical application of B3(niaciniminde) is like giving that acne a one-two punch! It's anti-inflammatory properties will soothe your skin and reduce the subsequent hyperpigmentation.
So what are your favorite ways to get in the nutrients of avocado?