18 Health Benefits of Avocados and Avocado-Mango Pudding! (Non-dairy, Paleo)
Let’s talk about avocados. You wouldn’t believe the amount of avocados we go through in our house. Seriously. We (and by “we” I mean even the kids) eat them by themselves, on top of salads, and on top of soups. We make recipes, using them in pesto, puddings, ice creams, and of course guacamole. Avocado oil is our oil of choice for most salad dressings and in much of our cooking. We love the creamy texture, the subtle flavor, and most of all how it makes us feel. Avocados provide healthy fat, which when paired with its high nutrient content (i.e. fiber, vitamins B, C, K, and E, potassium, and magnesium) makes them satiating and super-healthy.
Here are some Avocado products that we use and recommend:
18 Health Benefits of Avocados
The health benefits of avocados are numerous, and are backed by loads of scientific research. Here are 18 reasons why these little fruits are so great for us:
- They are very nutritious. As I mentioned, avocados are packed with vitamins and minerals, namely vitamin K, folate, Vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B5 and B6, magnesium, vitamin E, vitamin A, copper, zinc, and more. They have a very low glycemic index and are low in saturated fat.
- They are high in fiber. Avocados are very high in fiber compared to most other foods, a quarter of which is soluble.
- They help lower cholesterol.
- They promote better nutrient absorption. Avocados actually increase the amount of nutrients your body can absorb from other plant foods.
- They promote eye health. Avocados are high in antioxidants that support eye health and lower the risk of eye problems such as degeneration.
- They promote weight loss. Avocados are often recommended when trying to lose weight, as they are high in fiber and healthy fat, thus more satiating.
- They are high in protein. Avocados, unlike most fruits, are high in protein and low in sugar.
- They promote healthy metabolic functioning. Avocados contain fat-soluble vitamins A, E, and K.
- They are easy to eat. We all love foods that are quick to prepare and easy to eat. Avocados fit the bill. Just cut and scoop, and your snack is all set!
- They are beneficial in pregnancy. Due to their high levels of folic acids, vitamin K, and vitamin B, avocados are often recommended to women who are pregnant and post-partum.
- They promote healthy liver. Avocados help protect the liver in a number of ways.
- They are anti-inflammatory. Avocados contain vitamins K and E, which help reduce cellular inflammation.
- They provide dental care. Avocados contain antibacterial and antioxidant properties which have the ability to kill bad bacteria in the mouth.
- They promote longevity. These superfoods are associated with healthy aging due to a regenerating compound called xanthophyll.
- They promote bone health. Avocados are shown to help in lowering the risk of osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.
- They heal dry skin. They help soothe chapped lips and cracked skin.
- They provide great skin care. Avocado oil is soothing and moisturizing for the skin. It can be used in natural homemade skin care such as body butters, face cream and lip balms. Also, the good fats can help protect the skin and prevent sun damage.
- They promote healthy mood and sleep.
As if that list isn’t enough, here is another reason to buy and consume avocados: a delicious and easy Avocado-Mango Pudding recipe! This is a favorite in our house. I can whip it up in under 5 minutes, and it hits the spot when craving something sweet and satiating. The light and fluffy texture makes it fun for the kids too!
Avocado-Mango Pudding Recipe
– 1 ripe organic haas avocado, peeled and pitted
– 1 10-oz bag frozen organic mango chunks
– 1 can full-fat organic coconut milk
– 2 T raw local honey (or more, to taste)
Throw all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and fluffy. Eat, and enjoy!