Food & Nutrition

7 Powerhouse Benefits of Avocado You Didn’t Know About

Avocado keeps blood sugar steady

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Add avocado to your sandwich—in addition to making it more delicious, you’ll reap the many health benefits of avocado, one of which is keeping your blood sugar levels in check. Its fat (a whopping 25 to 30 grams per avocado) slows digestion, making it easier on your blood sugar, and its soluble fiber also helps stabilize blood sugar levels to help fight insulin resistance. Since fat has no impact on blood sugar, avocados are great additions to a low-GL diet if you eat them in moderation. A study by researchers from Loma Linda University and published in Nutrition Journal found that participants who ate half an avocado with lunch reported feeling satisfied longer with less of a desire to eat more afterward. It also showed that eating avocado resulted in no rise in blood sugar levels, which researchers believe might mean the fruit could be beneficial in the maintenance of weight and diabetes, though further research needs to be done.

Avocado helps maintain hair health

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Some grooming habits can destroy your hair. Surprisingly, covering your locks with avocado isn’t one of them. Moisturizing your hair with avocado makes strands stronger by loading them with protein. Mix a ripe, peeled avocado with a teaspoon of wheat germ oil and a teaspoon of jojoba oil. Apply to freshly washed hair and spread all the way to the ends, then cover your scalp with a shower cap or plastic bag. Wait 15 to 30 minutes so that your hair can reap the avocado benefits, and then rinse thoroughly.

Avocado improves digestive health

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Not only does the fiber in avocados stabilize blood sugar, one of the health benefits of avocado is that it improves digestive health. “Fiber helps shift the balance of bacteria in the gut, increasing healthy bacteria while decreasing the unhealthy bacteria that can be the root of some digestive disorders,” says Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, CNS, DC, founder of DrAxe.com, best-selling author of Eat Dirt, and co-founder of Ancient Nutrition. Avocado fat also nourishes the gut’s lining, which decreases the chance of constipation and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). To help keep stomach pains away, avoid these foods your digestive system hates.

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