In today’s blog we are going to share some of the amazing health benefits of avocados, which was on our list of foods that help prevent breast cancer. As mentioned this list is by no means complete—there is a huge number of foods with anti-cancer properties!
Avocados contain oleic acid, the chief fatty acid in olive oil, which has been shown to dramatically cut the levels of a gene involved in the development of breast cancer.
According to the experts at www.avocado.org:
- One-fifth of a medium avocado, or about one ounce, has 50 calories and contributes nearly 20 beneficial nutrients to the diet.
- Avocados contribute nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are thought to help prevent many chronic diseases.
- Avocados contribute nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, including 4% of the recommended Daily Value (DV) for vitamin E, 4% vitamin C, 8% folate, 4% fiber, 2% iron, 4% potassium, with 81 micrograms of lutein and 19 micrograms of beta-carotene.
- Avocados act as a “nutrient booster” by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha- and beta-carotene as well as lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit.
The good fats such as those found in avocado are critical when it comes to absorbing a great many nutrients. Without these fats, we will not absorb many of the disease preventing and skin beautifying vitamins and phyto-nutrients found in fruits and vegetables.