Avocados are one of the simplest and most
satisfying ways to prevent degenerative disease
-by Frances Bloomfield
A degenerative disease is a condition wherein the structure or function of
certain organs or tissues worsen over time. Heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and arthritis are just a few examples of degenerative diseases. Fortunately, adhering to a healthy lifestyle greatly
reduces the risk of developing many of the conditions that fall under this term. Such a lifestyle includes eating a variety of nutrient-packed foods, one of which is the humble avocado.
Without a doubt, the avocado is a fruit that needs to be part of everyone’s diet. Consuming just a little over 100 grams or 3.5 ounces of avocado can give one more than 20 vitamins and
minerals. According to Healthline.com, that
serving size can account for 27 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of fiber, 17 percent of the daily value (DV) of vitamin C, and 14 percent of the DV of potassium. This is on top of
the fruit’s considerable vitamin B5, B6, and E content, as well as small volumes of magnesium, copper, vitamin A, iron, and zinc.
Moreover, avocados are loaded with healthy fats. Most of the fat in avocados is made
up of oleic acid. This monounsaturated fatty acid is thought to be a huge contributor to the many health benefits associated with this fruit.
And, as was previously mentioned, among these health benefits is protection from all
kinds of degenerative diseases. Heart disease is an example. On top of containing heart-healthy fats, avocados can positively affect the risk factors associated with heart disease, according to
studies. To be more specific, avocado can reduce total cholesterol levels by a considerable margin, lower blood triglycerides and bad cholesterol by 20 and 22 percent respectively, and
boost good cholesterol levels by 11 percent. (Related: Eating avocados keeps your heart healthy and strong).