Why Avocado Really Is A Superfood

Publish Date
Wednesday, 3 August 2016, 4:11PM
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The word 'superfood' is thrown around a lot these days, but experts say avocado is one that truly makes the grade.

While we all love the buttery texture and delicate flavour, it's not just our taste buds that are benefiting from our love of avo on toast.

Scientific studies, detailed in the medical website, The Hippocratic Post, have linked avocado to a range of health benefits including warding off heart disease, helpng with weight control, and providing a boost of antioxidants.

Why are avocados so good for us?

Sue Baic, a registered dietitian and co-author of Nutrition for Dummies, told theDaily Mail: "Beneath the inedible skin is a fruit which is largely made up of monounsaturated fat, one of the healthiest form of fats which is also found in rapeseed and olive oils.

Loaded with nutrients, including potassium and vitamin E, avocados also contain healthy monounsaturated fat, with the added benefit of being low in salt.

Another key benefit is the powerful antioxidant punch the fruit provides.

"There are over 200 types of plant steroids (phytosterols) - although avocados contain large amounts of several of these active chemicals, we really don't yet know enough about what they do," Professor Donald Singer, a member of the British Pharmacological Society, told the Daily Mail.

"In laboratory tests, sterols reduce the growth of cells which could mean they have an action against inflammation and cancer, although this is yet to be tested robustly in humans," he said.

"We know enough about them to know that they have very powerful properties in the test-tube. Now, we have to carry out rigorous studies on humans to see if the effects are felt outside the laboratory too.'

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