If you’re a fan of guacamole, big news! Turns out that avocados help keep you thin, protect your vision and can help prevent cancer! Here are the facts, courtesy of Health magazine.
- Your vision. Avocados are rich in lutein and zeazanthin – two antioxidants found in the retina that help keep your eyes healthy. Avocados can also help prevent age-related problems, like cataracts and macular degeneration.
- Avocados are a nutrient-booster, and a cancer fighter! Add a little to your salsa and you’ve got a super-food! Researchers from Ohio State University found that people absorbed four-and-a-half times more of the cancer-fighter lycopene from tomatoes when avocado was added to salsa. That’s because the healthy fats help you absorb more nutrients. Extracts from avocados also kill or stop the growth of precancerous cells that lead to oral cancer, and studies show that it may have a similar effect in other cancers. Researchers credit avocados’ power to a unique combination of nutrients - which include folate, and vitamins C and E.
- They’re a healthier fat! Skip the mayo and go for a creamy avocado on your sandwich. It packs four grams of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, which lowers cholesterol, two grams of fiber and one gram of protein per ounce. That makes it both a lower-fat and more filling substitute than mayonnaise.