Avocados - Not Just An Ugly Fruit

Avocados - Not Just An Ugly Fruit

So, as you have probably guessed, we are obsessed with Avocados! Although they are certainly not the prettiest item to look at, they are a super unique type of fruit. Most fruit consists primarily of carbohydrates, while the avocado is high in healthy fats. You need healthy fats to help you absorb certain nutrients, such as fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E and K - all of which can be found in our Beauty Blend!) and antioxidants (like lycopene and beta-carotene).

 

Here we have some of the main nutritional benefits of adding avocado into our diets:

They are super nutritious.

Let’s get our geek on for a minute...

Avocados are very nutritious and contain a wide variety of nutrients, including 20 different vitamins and minerals.

  • Vitamin K: 26% of the RDA.
  • Folate: 20% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin C: 17% of the RDA.
  • Potassium: 14% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B5: 14% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B6: 13% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin E: 10% of the RDA.
  • Then it contains small amounts of Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin).

This is coming with 160 calories, 2 grams of protein and 15 grams of healthy fats. Although it contains 9 grams of carbs, 7 of those are fibre so there are only 2 “net” carbs, making this a low-carb friendly plant food.

They contain more potassium than Bananas.

Potassium is a super important mineral that so many people do not have enough of in their diet. Avocados are loaded with potassium, which helps support healthy blood pressure levels.

They are naturally high in fibre.

Avocados tend to be high in fibre, approximately 7% by standard weight measures, which is much higher than other foods. Fibre is important in remaining healthy when losing weight, and maintaining our metabolic health.

Avocados are not only beneficial to our insides, they also have amazing effects on our skin!

 

Here we have selected 3 skin loving benefits of this totally underrated fruit:

Antioxidant Carotenoids for Healthy Skin.

Avocados are an amazing source of antioxidant carotenoids such as: alpha-carotene, beta carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin and lutein. These are free radical quenching properties that provide great protection for our skin from environmental damage that leads to fine lines, wrinkles and other visible signs of aging. Can we get a hallelujah!!!

 

An abundance of Vitamin C.

Avocados contain large amounts of vitamin C, which is an important factor in keeping our skin healthy. We should ideally have many sources of vitamin C in our diet every day as it is water soluble and cannot be stored in your body. In a nutshell, we can not overdose on Vitamin C.

As well as having strong antioxidant properties, vitamin C is needed for the creation of elastin and collagen, which bind our skin cells together and help maintain their firmness and structure. It is never too early to think about wrinkle prevention ladies!

Moisturizing Monounsaturated Fatty Acids.

One of the main avocado skin benefits comes from their high oleic acid content. This monounsaturated fatty acid maintains moisture in the epidermal layer of your skin, helping to make it soft and hydrated.

Omega-9 fat, oleic acid is also involved in regenerating damaged skin cells and reducing facial redness and irritation. For those who suffer from skin irritation and dryness regularly, eating more avocado is paramount for skin health and moisturization.

Omega-9 fatty acids are also one of the building blocks of a healthy complexion and avocados, and even more so avocado oil, are a great source of this skin moisturizing fat.

We love making our own facemasks and could not select one to share, soooo, we have included TWO as they are AMAZING!!!

1. Avocado Honey Face Mask.

This easy to make face mask for dry skin uses only 2 natural ingredients, namely, avocado and honey, both of which act as natural moisturizers. This mask works wonders for mature, wrinkled and dry skin. Take 1 fully ripe fresh avocado, remove the skin as well as the seed, and mash it up into creamy pulp in a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of honey and stir the mixture until it turns into a uniform paste. Apply to skin and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off the mixture with lukewarm water and pat dry your face with a soft towel.

This avocado mask recipe works to impart a beautiful glow to your face. This face mask is not too sticky, but it is delicious!

2. Oatmeal Avocado Face Mask.

This acts as a great moisturising mask and helps in restoring damaged skin. Take 1/2 ripe avocado and 1/2 cup of oatmeal. Cook the oatmeal as per instructions in the label on the oatmeal packet and mixed it well with the mashed avocado (without its skin and seed) until it turns into a pulp-free paste of uniform consistency. Apply it on your skin and leave it on for 10-15 minutes or until it dries up. Once it’s done, rinse it off with lukewarm water and pat dry your skin with a soft towel.

 

Show us your Avocado smoothies, dishes or exciting ways to use it! Tag @omgdetox to be featured!

September 27, 2017 by Natalie Diver
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