Oct. 7. 2015
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McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Dietitian, Founder and CEO

Love avocados? Here are 5 more reasons you should eat avocados for better health.

Avocados are one of the best ways to sneak in creaminess living a dairy-free lifestyle. They’re rich in fiber, potassium, and are delicious to eat.

Eating healthy fats like avocados is important for our overall health, whether we’re trying to balance hormones, nourish our skin and hair, or balance our blood sugars for disease prevention and weight management — healthy fats are where it’s at.

Top 5 Reasons You Should Eat Avocados

High in fiber

In just 1 avocado there’s about 14 grams of gut-friendly fiber. Fiber helps us keep our digestion healthy, blood sugars balanced which helps reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and helps manage our weight on multiple levels including keeping us feeling full.

Low in sugar

Technically avocados are fruits and all fruit has sugar but not avocados. Avocados contain less than 1g of sugar per ounce which is the least amount of sugar per serving of any other fresh fruit.

Boost nutrient absorption

Avocados act as a “nutrient booster” by helping the body to better absorb fat-soluble nutrients, like vitamins A, D, E, K, and antioxidants like alpha- and beta-carotene and lutein. No wonder we all naturally gravitate towards guacamole and salsa?

Phytonutrients

Avocados contain about 20 vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, making them nutrient dense for such a small volume. Phytonutrients are compounds we should all be eating daily for healthy cells and bodies overall.

Monounsaturated fats

We all need fats in our diet, which we talked about before, about 75% of the fat found in avocados is unsaturated monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Cheers to heart health, balancing those blood sugars, and healthy hormones.

In an avocado rut? Try these recipes:

What are your favorite ways to eat avocado and why? Be sure to tag #nutritionstripped on Instagram to let us know how you like to eat avocados.