Avocados Are So Popular Here is why

Shortly after eating avocado, some people get reactions in the mouth, throat or their skin. Others will have abdominal pain and maybe vomit. Even though these reactions can sometimes be life-threatening for some people, avocados are very popular.

Here is why

Avocados are rich in potassium

Potassium is an important mineral that helps the body remove excess sodium and regulate fluids. Potassium can lessen the hardening of arteries and reduces how much calcium the body loses through urine and stops clumps of material forming in concentrated urine (or kidney stones).

Since avocados have an elevated amount of potassium eating this potassium- rich fruit can reduce the chances of having a stroke, developing osteoporosis, and forming kidney stones.

Avocados contains antioxidants

Antioxidants reduce the damaging effects of free radicals on the cells in your body. Free radicals can come about through the normal metabolic processes in the body and also through the body’s immune system (usually to neutralize viruses and bacteria). As free radicals can harm the cellular structures in your body, antioxidants help by neutralizing this dangerous effect. And avocados have antioxidant properties that protect the cells from the dangerous effects of free radicals.

Research is still ongoing on the relationship between avocados and cancer but avocado contains carotenoids and monounsaturated fat, both of which contribute significantly to good health.

Avocados help the digestive system

Avocados aid in digestion as they contain fibers that help to keep the digestive system running smoothly. By stimulating gastric and digestive juices nutrients are absorbed in the most efficient and rapid way therefore avocados reduce conditions like constipation through the huge amount of fiber found in them.

An added bonus to this is that the consumption of avocados also helps in preventing bad breath, which is primarily caused due to indigestion or an upset stomach.

All this makes avocados a very welcome food on our plates and it helps that they are delicious!


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