Avocado 101 – 8 Health Benefits of Avocado

What Is an Avocado?  Avocados are fruits, believe it or not. They have dark, leathery skin that you don’t eat on the exterior while inside, it has bright green flesh and a large pit. If you love guacamole, then guess what? It’s made from avocados. I love them so much that I do truly put…

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Avocado is a superfood! There are different types of Avocado, and Avocado has so many health benefits! They're delicious, incredibly nutritious, and have many health benefits! If you need an excuse to eat more Avocado, here's what to know about this delicious fruit! Also, you can add them to recipes! From avocado smoothies to guacamole or avocado sweet potato bites!

What Is an Avocado? 

Avocados are fruits, believe it or not. They have dark, leathery skin that you don’t eat on the exterior while inside, it has bright green flesh and a large pit. If you love guacamole, then guess what? It’s made from avocados. I love them so much that I do truly put them on everything I can. lol😆😂🤣 The best thing is that avocado has several health benefits!

I love avocados, and everyone is always teasing me that I find a way to put it on everything. They’re delicious, incredibly nutritious, and have many health benefits! If you need an excuse to eat more avocado, here’s what to know about this delicious fruit! Also, you can add them to recipes! From avocado smoothies to adding it to bowls or making guacamole or avocado sweet potato bites! Name them; I love them all!

Quinoa mushroom avocado bowl

Where Did They Originate From?

Avocados originally came from Mexico, which doesn’t surprise me since we have them to thank for guacamole. Avocados are estimated to be about 10,000 years old and researchers believe Puebla was the original Mexican location from which they hailed. 

Types of Avocados

Did you know there are lots of different types of avocados? Well, now you do! Everyone knows about Hass avocados, which are the most common. However, there are Fuerte, Bacon, Reed, Zutano, Pinkerton, Lamb Hass, Stewart, Winter Mexican, Sir Prize, and Wurtz, to name a few more. 

No matter what kind of avocados you eat, you’re not only in for a delicious experience…you’re in for a healthy one too! And now if you are ready, let’s talk about some health benefits of eating avocados!

Avocado is a superfood! There are different types of Avocado, and Avocado has so many health benefits! They're delicious, incredibly nutritious, and have many health benefits! If you need an excuse to eat more Avocado, here's what to know about this delicious fruit! Also, you can add them to recipes! From avocado smoothies to guacamole or avocado sweet potato bites!

8 Health Benefits of Avocado  

1. Nutrient Rich 

The #1 benefit of avocado is that they are high in nutrients! Avocados contain a bounty of vitamins that include B6, C, E, and K plus other good things like folate, magnesium, potassium, niacin, and omega-3 fatty acids. Avocados are the good fat you need!

2. Benefits of Avocado – Heart Healthy

Another great thing about avocados is that they’re good for your heart. They have beta sitosterol, a natural plant sterol that can help you keep your cholesterol levels healthy.

3. Great for Vision

You can keep your eyes on the prize when you eat more avocados. They contain lutein and other phytochemicals that protect your eyes from UV damaging light. With other nutrients, they may also reduce your risk for age-related eye deterioration.

4. Avocados Improve Digestion

And lastly, avocados have tons of fiber which can help keep your digestive system thriving. You’ll avoid constipation and lower your risk of colon cancer too. I highly suggest this easy avocado smoothie for that purpose!

Super green avocado coconut smoothie bowl recipe

5. Keeps Bones Strong

If you’re not a big milk drinker, avocado can help you keep your bones strong thanks to its rich vitamin K content. It keeps your bones healthy by increasing calcium absorption.

6. May Help Prevent Cancer

More research needs to be done, but avocados contain compounds that may prevent certain types of cancer. Folate has been associated with a reduced risk for colon, pancreatic, stomach, and cervical cancers, and avocados have folate. 

7. Benefits of Avocado for Pregnant Ladies

If you’re pregnant, you probably know how important folate is during this time. Getting plenty of folate reduces risks for miscarriage and neural tube abnormalities. Avocados can deliciously help you get enough folate for you and baby!

8. Reduces Depression Risk

Some may argue that guacamole (below), made with avocados, has the potential to cheer anyone up. While I can’t argue with that logic, I do want to say that the folate in avocados may be the key in helping depression. Studies have found there are links with low folate levels and this mental condition, so maybe it can’t hurt to have more avocado. 

whether you are just hosting your family members, friends, the entire village, this tray of goodness is a great place to start, trust me. Whether you are just looking for some exciting side dishes, this will work as well. Take your guest-entertainment to the level with this recipe. This quick and easy guacamole recipe is super easy to make. Guacamole isn't just for dips; you can use it them for so many things as you can see.

How to Cut an Avocado 

Avocados are easy to cut. Wash the exterior first even though you’re not eating it so the dirt from the outside doesn’t make it to the flesh. Lay your avocado on a cutting board and slice it in half lengthwise, stopping as soon as you hit the pit. You can then continue to slice it around the curve of the pit all the way around. There are also kitchen gadgets that can help make it even easier.

Split it in half, then pop out the pit. From there, you can scoop out the avocado and enjoy!

Avocado is a superfood! There are different types of Avocado, and Avocado has so many health benefits! They're delicious, incredibly nutritious, and have many health benefits! If you need an excuse to eat more Avocado, here's what to know about this delicious fruit! Also, you can add them to recipes! From avocado smoothies to guacamole or avocado sweet potato bites!

How to Eat an Avocado (Benefits of Avocado in Diets)

One of my favorite ways to enjoy avocados is by sprinkling them with just a pinch of salt and pepper. Yum! So delicious! But you can smash an avocado and add onto toast (like this sweet potato avocado bites)! use them as a finishing touch for your quinoa bowls, make a poke bowl with it, roll up sushi, make a salsa, salad, or even a smoothie.

Avocado is a superfood! There are different types of Avocado, and Avocado has so many health benefits! They're delicious, incredibly nutritious, and have many health benefits! If you need an excuse to eat more Avocado, here's what to know about this delicious fruit! Also, you can add them to recipes! From avocado smoothies to guacamole or avocado sweet potato bites!
These were so good!!!

Avocado Recipes to Try

Benefits of Avocado FAQs

Is it OK to eat an avocado every day? 

Yes, it absolutely is ok to eat an avocado each day. The fiber in avocados is so great for your gut health and it increases production of short chain fatty acids which is another good thing.

Why is an avocado a superfood? 

Avocados are so densely packed with nutrients, it’s little wonder why they’ve achieved superfood status. On top of that, they’re so delicious, you won’t mind eating them one bit. 

Are avocados high in fat? 

Yes, avocados are high in fat, but it’s the good fat, known as monounsaturated fat. This good fat lowers bad cholesterol so try to eat more of it.

How much avocado to eat a day? 

It’s best to eat one half avocado up to one whole one per day. The benefits are great but if you eat more than one, the good fat in there may lead to slight stomach discomfort.

Is the fat in avocado good or bad?

It’s good fat, which means you can feel free to add more avocado to your meals or say “yes” to guacamole! One of the benefits of avocado is that it is the good fat!

Avocado is a superfood! There are different types of Avocado, and Avocado has so many health benefits! They're delicious, incredibly nutritious, and have many health benefits! If you need an excuse to eat more Avocado, here's what to know about this delicious fruit! Also, you can add them to recipes! From avocado smoothies to guacamole or avocado sweet potato bites!

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Avocado is a superfood! There are different types of Avocado, and Avocado has so many health benefits! They're delicious, incredibly nutritious, and have many health benefits! If you need an excuse to eat more Avocado, here's what to know about this delicious fruit! Also, you can add them to recipes! From avocado smoothies to guacamole or avocado sweet potato bites!

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16 Comments

  1. I try to eat some avocado every day. So good for you!

  2. Thanks so much for this! Very informative! More reasons to love avocado!

  3. What an informative and helpful post. I knew avocados were good for you, but I had no idea they had this many benefits.

  4. I’ve always loved avocados but I never knew how many health benefits there were. Thank you for sharing!

  5. I’ve had avocado on toast and in salads just because I think it’s yummy but I’m so excited about all the health benefits!

  6. I’ve actually never tried avocado but after reading this, I think I’ll definitely have to see if I like them!

    1. Oh wow! My first time meeting someone that has never tried avocado! Am glad to hear that you will check them out!

  7. I love avocados too. Funny I was watching and old Jamie Oliver TV show when he was so young and he was doing something with an avocado and complaining how unripe they were then. And in the Uk still the same problem. Though recently I’ve been sent one from my cousins garden in Kenya. The avocados there are soooooo creamy. Can’t wait to crack it open tomorrow!

    1. Sorry to hear that you have plenty unripe avocado in the UK, Sarupa! I usually buy and allow them to ripe. They need a little TLC, lol 😂
      I hope you enjoy your avocado from Kenya! 🙂

  8. Dale Darley says:

    I love these. Chocolate mousse is my fave and smoothie next