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The avocado is a unique fruit in the sense that it is high in healthy fats. It is also incredibly nutritious and it can do wonders for your skin, mind, and heart. Here are the things that happen when you eat avocado every day.
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1. It improves your digestion
Nutritionist Megan Ware, RDN, shared via Reader’s Digest that half an avocado already contains 5 grams of healthy dietary fiber. Adding one whole avocado in your dietary regimen will maintain and improve your digestion and prevent constipation as well. The high fiber fruit likewise helps a person feel full longer. Adding slices of avocado to your salad, sandwich, or toast can help you stay satiated for three hours.
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2. You’re protected from infection and disease
Avocados contain vitamin B, which help prevent infection and disease. They also contain vitamins E, C, and other natural plant chemicals that prevent cancer. The fruit is also loaded with antioxidants and phytochemicals like zeaxanthin and lutein. Reader’s Digest also said that avocados prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.
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3. It improves your cholesterol
Avocados have gained a bad reputation because it is high in fat and calories. However, what the fruit gives is monounsaturated fat, which can be healthy in moderation. Good fat help boost good HDL cholesterol and lowers the bad LDL cholesterol. Should you go for a quick healthy meal, consider avocado, suggests Amy Gorin, MS, RDN.
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4. Helps you sleep better and reduces stress
The fruit is loaded with magnesium. Half an avocado contains 19.5 milligrams of magnesium. Certified eating psychology and nutrition expert Elise Museles said that magnesium is an anti-stress nutrient. Magnesium helps release the tension in the body and makes you sleep better. When you are well-rested and relaxed, you are more likely to have a positive outlook in life.
But it is important to wash the fruit first before eating it to avoid coming into contact with potentially harmful bacteria. In 2018, the FDA released a report that studied more than 1,500 avocados for bacteria. They found out that almost one-fifth of the fruit contain harmful bacteria on their skin so they advised washing it first before cutting or eating it.
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5. You become healthier
One study published by Healthline looked at the dietary habits and the health of individuals who are eating avocados. A total of 17,567 participated in the US-based National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and the study revealed that avocado consumers were healthier compared to those who didn’t eat the fruit. This is because the eaters had higher nutrient intake and half likely to suffer from metabolic problems. Individuals who ate avocado regularly also weighed less, had less belly fat and lower BMI.
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6. It enhances your body’s antioxidant absorption
Adding avocado to their diet can increase a person’s antioxidant absorption 2.6- to 15-fold. This means that the fruit helps increase the nutrient value of other plant foods that you are also eating. The beneficial plant nutrients will not just go to waste.
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7. It helps your heart
Studies have shown that avocados are good for cardiovascular health since they have no bad fat but good fat important for the arteries. Eating the fruit every day lowers the cholesterol level, which makes you feel healthier. The fruit is also rich in potassium that enhances the bloodstream and positively influences the heart.
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8. You’ll have healthier eyes and skin
Zeaxanthin and lutein are the two ingredients found in the fruit that will strengthen the eyes and prevent them from visual decay. Avocados also have important properties that add a layer of protection to your skin from harmful UV rays. It further contains vitamin E that protects the skin from oxidative damage and helps it to create collagen.