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7 Healthy Reasons You Should Eat An Avocado At Least Once A Day

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is a writer on the Original Content team. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Avocado is one of the most popular foods around nowadays. The green veggie is creamy and delicious, so it’s no wonder people everywhere are falling in love with it.

Not only are avocados ridiculously tasty, they’re also versatile and perfect for any meal.

From avocado toast for brunch, to guacamole for a snack, to a healthy salad for lunch, to avocado pudding for dessert — you can eat it for every meal if you want, especially if you’ve mastered the art of getting the veggie to ripen perfectly.

On top of that, they’re really good for you! Although they’re some of the fattiest vegetables, it’s a type of fat that’s heart-healthy and awesome for your body.

In fact, there are actually a variety of reasons you should eat avocado every single day, including (but not limited to) their high amounts of vitamins and minerals, healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, and folic acid.

Scroll through below to learn about the powerful health benefits you’ll enjoy if you eat avocado every single day.

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Avocado Nutrition Facts

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According to Authority Nutrition, one serving of avocado is 3.5 ounces, which is roughly half an avocado.

In that serving, there are 2 grams of protein, 15 grams of healthy fats, and 160 calories.

Additionally, it has 26 percent of your daily Vitamin K, 20 percent of your daily Folate, and at least 10 percent of your daily Vitamin E, B6, B5, C, and Potassium.

Benefits Of Eating Avocado Every Day

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Eating a balanced diet has long been known to keep people healthy — eating the right amount of fruits, veggies, carbs, protein, and fats every day is essential to keeping your body in tip top shape.

Avocado is just one element of a healthy diet, but eating avocado every single day can have significant health benefits!

Benefit #1: It Fights Belly Fat

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This seems kind of unbelievable, but eating high-fat avocado can actually help you lose weight!

According to Authority Nutrition, avocados keep people full longer, which can encourage you to eat fewer calories.

Additionally, avocados are low in carbs and high in fiber, which promotes weight loss (in conjunction with a healthy diet).

Benefit #2: It Helps Digestion

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You might not realize it, but avocados actually have a ton of fiber — fiber helps prevent constipation, and makes your bowel movements more regular.

Medical News Today explains that each half of an avocado actually has 6-7 grams of fiber.

Benefit #3: It Fights Metabolic Syndrome

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Metabolic syndrome, which is known as “the new silent killer,” is the term used when someone has three or more risk factors for diabetes and heart disease.

Health explains that because of the beneficial effects that “good fats” in avocado have on cholesterol levels, in addition to the anti-diabetic, anti-obesity, and antihypertensive qualities of avocados, they fight many aspects of metabolic syndrome.

Benefit #4: It's Great For Eyesight

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Everyone thinks of carrots when they think about eyesight vegetables, but avocados are great for eyesight as well.

Avocados contain two phytochemicals that provide antioxidant protection to the eyes — they minimize damage from light, explains Medical News Today.

Additionally, avocados contain an antioxidant that may help reduce the risk of macular degeneration.

Benefit #5: It Supports Bone Health

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Because avocados contain more than 25 percent of the daily recommended amount of Vitamin K, they are a great vegetable for bone health.

Vitamin K, explains Medical News Today, helps bones absorb calcium more effectively.

Benefit #6: It Reduces Blood Pressure

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According to Harvard Medical School, potassium-rich foods like bananas, potatoes, and avocados can help lower blood pressure.

Potassium also helps the kidneys function and balances the effects salt has on the body.

Benefit #7: It Contains Heart-Healthy Fats

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Medical News Today explains that avocados contain heart-healthy fats that can help maintain healthy levels of cholesterol.

According to Authority Nutrition, the primary fat in avocado is oleic fat — this monounsaturated fatty acid has been shown to reduce inflammation.

Great Ways To Eat Avocado

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Want to learn some delicious avocado recipes? Try out our tasty huevos rancheros breakfast, our crabmeat-stuffed avocado bowls, and our scrumptious avocado toasts!

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