Potassium is a nutrient that most people aren't getting enough of.
This nutrient helps maintain electrical gradients in the body's cells and serves various important functions.
Avocados are actually very high in #potassium... with a 100 gram (3.5 ounce) serving containing 14% of the RDA, compared to 10% in #bananas, which are a typical high #potassium food.
Several studies show that having a high potassium intake is linked to reduced blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure.
Again, avocado is a high fat food.
In fact, 77% of the calories in it are from fat, making it one of the fattiest plant foods in existence.
But they don't just contain any fat... the majority of the fat in avocado is oleic acid.
This is a monounsaturated fatty acid that is also the major component in #oliveoil and believed to be responsible for some of its beneficial effects.
Oleic acid has been linked to reduced inflammation and been shown to have beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer.
The #fats in avocado are also pretty resistant to heat-induced oxidation, making avocado oil a healthy and safe choice for cooking.
Fiber is another nutrient found in relatively large amounts in avocado.
Fiber is indigestible plant matter that can contribute to weight loss, reduce blood sugar spikes and is strongly linked to a lower risk of many diseases.
A distinction is often made between soluble and insoluble fiber.
Soluble fiber is known to be able to feed the friendly gut bacteria in the intestine, which are very important for the optimal function of our bodies
A 100 gram (3.5 ounce) serving of #avocado contains 7 grams of fiber, which is 27% of the recommended daily amount.
About 25% of the #fiber in avocado is soluble, while 75% is insoluble. #uglybynature
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