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All About Avocados

There are a lot of avocado trends becoming popular lately – avocado in smoothies, avocado fries, avocado toast, and, of course, aha’s brand new Toma Vida soup. Avocados are making a name for themselves now more than ever with the endless avocado-inspired creations coming to mainstream popularity, and with good reason. Avocados present many health benefits, some more widely known than others. We’re so excited about our new tomato and avocado soup that we wanted to share some of our favorite health facts about avocados, to help you get even more excited about avocados than you already do. 

One of the avocado’s most impressive feats is its potassium content. According to Healthline, a 3.5 (100-gram) serving of avocado packs a hefty 14% of the daily recommendation of potassium. The same serving size of bananas, however, offers only 10% of the daily recommended potassium. Potassium is an important mineral which has been linked to reduced blood pressure and is essential for the function of the heart, kidneys, and other major organs and bodily functions. 

Avocados contain one of the highest percentage of monounsaturated fatty acids out of all plant foods. Monounsaturated fatty acids are one of the healthiest forms of fat, and, according to Cleveland Clinic, of the 20 to 25 grams of fat in avocados, 15 grams is monounsaturated fat. It has been shown that eating foods rich in monounsaturated fatty acids in place of saturated fats can improve blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Healthy fats are also essential in promoting long-lasting energy and absorbing vitamins, when consumed properly. 

Fiber! Avocados contain immense amounts of dietary fiber. Fiber refers to the indigestible matter from the plants we eat, and its main health benefit lies in the regulation and normalization of bowel movements, and the maintaining of bowel health. An adequate fiber intake can also contribute to maintaining a healthy weight and improve blood sugar levels. According to the USDA, there is about 10 grams of dietary fiber in one avocado. The American Heart Association reports that the daily value for fiber is 25 grams, based on a 2,000 calorie diet. So, there’s another reason to love avocados; just one contains almost half of the recommended daily value of fiber. 

We all know avocados are good for us, but with the healthy fats, fiber, and other nutrients, the avocado is truly a superfood. And we’re proud to showcase it as one of the main ingredients in our brand new Toma Vida.