They’re also loaded with potassium, fiber and disease-fighting phytochemicals, natural plant nutrients that help protect against a variety of cancers and diseases.
Lutein – protects against prostate cancer and eye disease such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
Vitamin E — a powerful antioxidant known to slow the aging process and protect against heart disease and various forms of cancer.
Glutathione – functions as an antioxidant like vitamin E to neutralize free radicals that can cause cell damage and lead to disease.
Beta-sitosterol – lowers blood cholesterol levels. Avocados contain four times as much beta-sitosterol as oranges, previously reported as the highest fruit source of this phytochemical.
Monounsaturated fats – heart-healthy fats proven to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and boost HDL (good) cholesterol.
Folate – promotes healthy cell and tissue development. Folate is especially important for woman of childbearing age as it helps protect against birth defects.
Potassium – helps balance the body’s electrolytes. Avocados contain 60 percent more potassium than bananas.
Magnesium – helps produce energy and is important for muscle contraction and relaxation.
Fiber – lowers cholesterol and reduces risk of heart attack.
Many people are surprised to learn that avocados are a fruit. They love the taste of avocados but do not realize they are so rich in nutrients and phytochemicals. The avocado’s unique nutrient profile makes them a stand out among commonly eaten fruits.