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One of the most consumed fruits in the world gastronomy, the avocado, besides being delicious, can be used in both sweet and savory recipes, it stands out for its medicinal powers and health benefits. Rich in phytonutrients, natural substances in the plant that act as nutrients, the food helps the body in preventing cardiovascular diseases and even some types of cancer.

The phytonutrients present in avocado, recently discovered in scientific research, are beta-sitosterol and glutatoin. Beta-sitosterol helps to reduce cholesterol levels, while glutatoin acts as an antioxidant in defense of the body.

Antioxidants help the body to neutralize the action of free radicals, which have been identified as one of the factors responsible for the development of cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Avocado is one of the best sources of glutatoin and can offer some protection against oral, throat and other cancers.

Avocados, like other fruits and vegetables, contain vitamins A and B and some minerals like iron, calcium and phosphorus. They are rich in vitamins E and C, potent antioxidants that help promote healthy teeth and gums, and also protect body tissues from oxidative damage. In addition, the presence of folates (vitamin B complex) in avocado promotes the healthy development of cells and tissues.

Does avocado make you gain weight?

Often excluded from diets and weight loss regimes, due to its high caloric value, few people know that most avocado fat can be very good for health, as long as it is consumed in a balanced way. That’s because most of the fat in the food is monounsaturated, which helps to balance blood cholesterol levels.

Avocado is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, which is why it protects cardiovascular health by providing a decrease in the concentration of low-density lipoproteins (LDL cholesterol) and an increase in the concentration of high-density lipoproteins (HDL cholesterol).

The consumption of avocado associated with carbohydrates provides a lower glycemic index of the meal, thus helping to control blood glucose in diabetics. Another benefit of the food is the ability of this fruit to improve the bioavailability of fat-soluble vitamins.

Avocado oil is also nutritious

Very similar to olive oil, avocado oil also stands out for its excellent nutritional quality. Because it is extracted from the pulp of the fruits and due to the similarity of its physical and chemical properties, some studies point to the delicacy as a rich source of beta-sitosterol and oleic acid, an unsaturated fat used as an adjuvant in the treatment of hyperlipidemia (increase in blood fat and that can cause heart problems).

The control of cardiovascular diseases can be done with the help of medications or through the diet as a means of prevention. Recent recommendations suggest that the consumption of grains, fruits and vegetables should be increased to prevent or treat these diseases, and among the possible components of these foods that would have cholesterol-lowering actions, plant proteins, fibers and some phytochemicals stand out like the case of avocado oil.

It is really an extraordinary fruit and it is very versatile in the kitchen. Soon I will be presenting you some recipes with this delight!

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