What are the facts about avocados? They grow in the tropical regions of South and Central America, as well as in Mexico and the state of California. Their high fat content has led many to believe that they are bad for your health, and should be avoided at all costs. But are all fats the same and equally bad for you? Or could it be that there are actually some fats that are beneficial to the health and well being of your body?
Studies have shown that there are actually two types of fats that are good for the body: monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These fats can only be obtained from plants and actually help your body function at its highest level.
Facts on the Avocado
One cup of cubed avocados contains approximately 240 calories, (150 g), and 1 cup of pureed avocado contains 368 calories, (230 g). Over 90 percent of the calories come from fat, but over 80 percent of those fats are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are actually good for you. Unlike saturated fats these fats have no cholesterol, and they help to reduce the bad cholesterol levels. They also help defend your body against all types of heart disease.
If you don’t enjoy the taste of fish, such as salmon and halibut, but consume it anyway because of its high omega fatty acid content, then you are in luck. Avocados contain all the essential amino acids that the body needs. These are fatty acids, including oleic acid, and the essential omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.
The natural oils in the avocado are essential for beautiful hair and soft, smooth skin. Eating just one or two a day will give you all of the above benefits plus help you to reduce the signs of aging.
Avocados are also high in protein. That makes them a perfect substitute for meat. By eating one small avocado you will give your body more protein then if you had eaten a large steak. Additionally, steak is difficult to digest, but avocados contain up to 74 percent water, which makes them extremely easy to digest.
How Fattening are They?
Contrary to popular belief, avocados are not fattening. Even though they have a high fat content and are high in calories, they are also packed with many essential nutrients which will help to fill you up fast, and keep you feeling full.
You can safely eat one to two avocados per day without any weight gain. As a matter of fact when substituting them for other snacks, such as high-calorie, sugary, processed foods, you will find yourself eating a lot less. As a result you may even lose weight. You can easily substitute them for mayonnaise on a sandwich, or for cheese and sour cream. They can even be used as a substitute for butter and eggs in your baking.