Avocados can even help with morning sickness, which Duchess Kate suffers with
EXCLUSIVE: Avocados get the royal seal of approval, but there’s more to this popular fruit than meets the eye
Even Kate Middleton is a fan – and during her morning sickness struggle with Prince Louis, Prince William was offered an avocado by a sweet lad whose mum was suffering, too.During a royal visit in 2017, Prince William was offered to give the avocado to his pregnant wife. He then said: “I’ve never been given an avocado before. That’s really sweet of you. Catherine will love the avocado.”
Despite their relatively high calorie and fat content, especially when compared with other fruits (yes, they’re a fruit, not a vegetable), a recent study revealed that women who ate avocado every day for 12 weeks lost “visceral” belly fat.This is the hidden type of fat that surrounds our internal organs and is more harmful to health than any of the fat we can actually see. And it’s the monounsaturated fats and fibre found in avocados that most likely explain this benefit, according to boffins.
Sound good? Well, here are some other little-known health benefits they offer… Get exclusive celebrity stories and fabulous photo shoots straight to your inbox with OK!'s daily newsletter. You can sign up at the top of the page.Heroes for heart health An avo a day may keep the heart doctor away Why? Because they have been shown to increase HDL, or good cholesterol – the type that protects our heart and blood vessels. Some studies also show a link to lower levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides, which is good news as raised levels of these increase the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. headtopics.com
Avocado’s heart-friendly quality is probably down to a combo of monounsaturated fats, fibre and compounds called phytosterols, such as beta-sitosterol, which help to block absorption of cholesterol from the intestine.Easing blood pressure Together with reducing salt, eating more potassium-rich foods will help keep your blood pressure within healthy limits. Bananas are often considered the potassium champion – but avocados are equally good. One medium-sized banana and half a medium avocado provide around 330mg of potassium each, though some varieties contain even more. Gem avocados, for example, are larger and richer in potassium with half of one providing 695mg – 35% of the recommended daily intake.
B for brains Avocados provide folate and vitamins B5 and B6. Low intakes of these B vitamins have been linked to depression, anxiety and stress, while lower intakes of folate and vitamin B6 have been linked to cognitive decline in older people.Valuable for vision Avocados contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which have been linked with a lower risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. Diets rich in monounsaturated fats have also been found to protect against age-related eye problems.
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Sign up hereSuper for skin You’ll find vitamin E in avocados, an antioxidant that helps to protect cells, including skin cells, from the type of damage often caused by the sun’s UV rays. And taking in good levels of monounsaturated fats has also been linked to having fewer wrinkles. Win-win! headtopics.com
Nutrient boosters Avocado lovers tend to have better diets overall. One study found they eat more fruit, veg, unsaturated fats, fibre, potassium, magnesium and vitamins E and K than avo-avoiders – and less sugar. The fat in avocados also helps us absorb nutrients like beta-carotene (which the body uses to produce vitamin A), lycopene and lutein. Adding half an avocado to a salad of lettuce, carrot and spinach means adults can absorb almost 14 times more beta-carotene and four times more lutein.
2022 food heroes Look what’s joining avocado on the superfoods list, according to supermarket chain Whole FoodsYuzu: Associated with Japanese cuisine, the aromatic citrus fruit is set to gain popularity. But rather than eating the whole fruit, it’s the juice and zest that are commonly used in dishes. High in antioxidants and vitamin C, studies suggest an essential oil derived from the fragrant fruit could be an effective stress reliever.
Hibiscus: Already familiar in teas, this flower is breaking into fruit spreads and yoghurts. It packs a big vitamin C punch and is loaded with antioxidants. The science also points to its benefits for cholesterol and blood pressure levels, while its “powers” as a natural diuretic, removing excess water and sodium from the body, have not gone unnoticed.
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