5 Healthy Benefits of Digging Into a Fresh Avocado at Borracha
What would life be without guacamole, or slices of creamy fresh avocado resting on a bed of fresh greens, dressed with a lime vinaigrette? Avocados are a food worthy of their cult following fanfare, and we think life without them would be pretty boring. While you might have a hard time resisting all things avocado when offered, you also might worry that they’re too high in fat or not the most nutritious item on the menu.
So, what’s the scoop on avocados? Are they an occasional decadence or a nutritional treat? If you’re holding your breath, waiting for an answer, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Avocados aren’t only delicious, they’re deliciously good for you. To prove our point, here are 5 amazing health benefits of avocados you might not be aware of.
Fiber is an incredibly important nutrient, and it’s also one that the standard American diet is sadly void of. There’s this idea that high fiber foods are also always high in carbohydrates – something that doesn’t align very well with some popular diet trends, like keto and other low carb plans.
An average serving size of avocado is packed with about 7 grams of fiber, with the perfect mixture of 75% insoluble and 25% soluble fiber. Avocados can provide all the health benefits you get from high fiber foods like better digestive health, and fewer blood sugar spikes.
2. Good Fats
Are avocados high in fat? Well, yes – but don’t worry because it’s the good kind. Avocados are about 77% fat, but it’s the form of monounsaturated fatty acids. This type of fat is the same that you’ll find in heart healthy olive oil and other foods known for their “good” fat content.
Good fats like monounsaturated fatty acids help protect cardiovascular health and provide other health benefits due to their anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is the precursor to more than a few chronic diseases. Does this mean you should eat avocados till your heart’s content? Avocados are calorically dense and too much of great thing isn’t always good. But with moderation in mind, you can enjoy avocados and their health benefits every day.
3. Nutrient Dense
Avocados aren’t just a slice of heaven on your fajita salad, they’re also nutritional powerhouses. If you eat avocados on the regular you might even be able to skip that daily multivitamin. What’s lurking behind the dark green flesh of a perfectly ripe avocado? A 3.5 ounce serving contains all of this goodness:
- 20% of your daily value of Folate
- 17% of your daily value of Vitamin C
- 14% of your daily value of Potassium – which happens to be more than you from a serving of bananas
- Lots of B5, B6, and Vitamin E
- Plus, 26% of your daily value of Vitamin K
Avocados make any meal you add them to exponentially more nutritious.
4. Loaded with Antioxidants
Antioxidant is a huge buzzword in the health industry. Antioxidants are powerful little molecules that go around and neutralize all the damage from free radicals that’s occurring in your body at any given moment. Oxidative stress is another word for free radical damage, and while you can minimize it, there isn’t a way to avoid it completely. Antioxidants like avocados help to minimize the damage.
5. Weight Loss and Maintenance
Finally, did you know that avocados can actually help you maintain or even lose weight? The reason for this stems from a combination of all its other health benefits. The high fiber content of avocados helps you feel full, and their texture is perfect for indulging your craving for something rich and creamy.
Science Has Confirmed these Avocado Health Benefits
Don’t want to take our word for it? There’s research to back up this point. People who eat avocados during a meal feel almost a quarter more satisfied than those who don’t, and they have less of a desire to eat between that meal and their next.
So, next time don’t skip the guac in order to save your diet. Order it, enjoy it and be a little healthier for it.
We’re Big Fans of Avocados and their Health Benefits
At Borracha, we’re always looking for new and exciting ways to use one of the world’s most nutritious, most versatile fruits. We love avocados as much as you do and invite you to come in and try our fresh, delicious culinary creations. When you’ve got Mexican cuisine on the mind, Borracha is the Mexican restaurant that has the cure for your craving. Join us great Mexican food and RSVP at Borracha today!