8 secret benefits of avocados

We all know avocados are rich in good fats, but here are eight more reasons to order the smashed avo at brunch, says dietitian Jemma O’Hanlon.

1. Satiety

We’re constantly told that avocados are full of good monounsaturated fats. This means they slow down digestion and absorption, and leave you feeling fuller for longer. Simple as that.

2. Cookie jar deterrent

Because of the long-lasting energy from a slowed digestion, your blood sugar levels will stay steady rather than fluctuating up and down, meaning you’ll be less likely to crave something sweet come 3pm. #winning

3. Youthful skin

You might have seen those beauty spa pictures with a lady’s face covered in a green avocado spread – and for good reason! Avocados are rich in vitamin E, which acts to keep your skin healthy and youthful through antioxidant action.

4. Eye health

While not orange, avocados contain carotenoids, which are amazing for your eyes. Look beyond carrots for your eye health, as avos also contain other important pigments including lutein and zeaxanthin.

5. Immune booster

Not only does avocado toast make the perfect winter breakfast, avos are rich in vitamin C, which helps support your immune system battle against colds and flu. Want to bump up that vitamin C even more? Add a squeeze of lemon juice. Hello, guac! Now, where are those corn chips?

6. Beats bananas

We all know bananas are a good source of potassium, but I bet you didn’t know that avos contain a whole lot more. Just half an avocado contains more potassium than a medium banana. Forget adding bananas to your smoothies — reach for the avo.

7. Fruit of labour

Ladies, this one’s for you. You’ve heard that folate is essential for growing a healthy baby, but it’s actually vital for us at all stages of life. Avos are a fantastic natural source of folate, providing more than 240μg per avocado. That’s 120% of your daily requirement!

8. Lowers cholesterol

You might get fibre from baked beans and wholegrain bread, but did you know that avocados are a rich source of dietary fibre as well? About 66% of an avocado is soluble fibre, which traps cholesterol and helps remove it from the body. Time to swap butter for heart-healthy avos!