Avocado Juice Health Benefits - What Can Avocados Do For You?

August 8, 2013

Avocado, or Persea americana, is quite a healthy fruit. Although few, there are books claiming that avocado is the ultimate super-food. For one, it can be an alternative source of carbohydrate for a light meal or heavy snack. The amino acid profile of the fruit is quite high, exceeding 100 points. Though these are promising info’s, avocado is widely known as the fruit richest in fat.

One Persea americana fruit has 322 calories under its skin. When eaten, it does not affect blood sugar levels at an alarming rate because it has a glycemic load of 4. A 200 gram avocado contains 293 IU of vitamin A, 42.2 mcg of vitamin K (i.e. 53% of the needed fat for a 2000-calorie diet), 20.1 mg of vitamin C (33%). Avocado is also rich in minerals like folate (163 mcg or 41% of RDA), pantothenic acid (2.8 mg) and potassium (975 mg or 28% of RDA). It is also adequate in amino acids, scoring around 129 in its amino acid profile. This is a high number considering this is a fruit, and most protein sources are meat, fish, nuts and seeds. This fruit has 4 grams of protein, 17 grams of carb, 30 grams of fat (this number compensates for 50% of RDA).

Fat is essential in our bodies. It is very important to take into account how many grams of fat and what form of fat when building up diet plans. One vital factor is that there are certain vitamins and minerals that are only soluble in fat (lipids). Vitamins like A, E, and K are among these; without lipids, the body won’t be able to utilize these vitamins. Fats also maintain body temperatures. They insulate heat so that the body tissues and organs would properly function amidst the cold. They are also needed in cellular metabolisms. Chemical exchange, conversion and processes are done inside an adipose (fat) cell. The best thing about fats is that it absorbs toxins in the body.

But fat is also notorious in increasing the risk of vascular disease. One thing to note about the fat content of avocado is that it contains high levels omega-6 fatty acids and monosaturated fatty acids (19.7 grams). Monosaturated fats helps lower bad cholesterol levels and improve cardiovascular health. They are a good source of fats for stroke sufferers.

Avocado has also antioxidant properties. Avocado can prevent wrinkles and helps in moisturizing the skin. More over, avocado oil is a base oil used in many cosmetic and health products. A base oil, or carrier oil, dilutes other oils (like essential, or aromatic) in a mixture. Avocado oil serves as the ‘carrier’ of these lesser amounts of ingredients in a cosmetic product. Many women who resort to natural skin products use only avocado oil instead of over-the-counter lotions and moisturizers.

Avocados are mainly used for long periods of juice fast. A single fruit is equivalent to one breakfast when fasting. It is substantial in powering up the body after sleeping. Though there are avocado juice fasts that add persimmons and other fruits or veggies in the blend.

The body slowly absorbs avocados. Because of this, many juice out fresh avocados instead of eating their flesh. Food in liquid form is easier to be absorbed in the gut than solid food. Though this is true, dietary fibers in a whole food are not entirely retained. So if you are eyeing for the power-packed nutrients and health benefits of avocado, convert it to juice. But if you want to benefit from the high dietary fiber content of the avocado, eat the fruit. Though a word of caution: avocado can moderately upset the stomach. So you should eat it in moderate amounts. One or two avocados in one sitting would be enough.

 

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