Everyone knows Avocado are healthy – right? But just how healthy? Did a little digging… And what do all these nutrients do? Another reason to think about attending on of my Supplement information evening!
Here are some of the most abundant nutrients, in a single 3.5 ounce (100 gram) serving and what they contribute to in your body:
Vitamin K: 26% of the RDA. (normal bones and blood clotting)
Folate: 20% of the RDA. (Vitamin B9 – normal blood formation, reduction of tiredness and fatigue, normal psychological function amongst others)
Vitamin C: 17% of the RDA. (normal collagen formation, protection of cells from oxidative stress, increases iron absorption, and many more!)
Potassium: 14% of the RDA. (fluid balance, muscle function, nervous system, blood pressure, glycogen storage)
Vitamin B5: 14% of the RDA. (normal mental performance, reduction of tiredness and fatigue, normal synthesis and metabolism of steroid hormones, vitamin D and neurotransmitters)
Vitamin B6: 13% of the RDA. (loads of uses such as regulation of hormonal activity, normal glygogen and protein metabolism and normal function of the immune system)
Vitamin E: 10% of the RDA. (protection of our cells from oxidative stress)
Then it contains small amounts of Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin).
This is coming with 160 calories, 2 grams of protein and 15 grams of healthy fats. Although it contains 9 grams of carbs, 7 of those are fiber so there are only 2 “net” carbs, making this a low-carb friendly plant food.
Avocados do not contain any cholesterol or sodium, and are low in saturated fat. I personally don’t think that matters, but this is one of the reasons they are favored by many “old school” experts who still believe these things are inherently harmful.