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Avocados fruit diet is rich source of folate:

Can you have avocados? They are in fact a fruit.

Yes avocados are a pear shaped green colored fruit which have a creamy texture and a satisfying smooth flavor. Avocados can be included in your diet as a healthy option as it is loaded with various nutrients and phytochemicals. Compared to other fruits avocados provide much more health benefits and provide protection against many diseases.

  1. The oleic acid (a monosaccharide) present in avocado may help to lower the blood cholesterol, both LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol and may also have a positive effect on HDL cholesterol.
    Avocados are the only fruit that is a source of good fats for babies as monosaccharides is necessary for visual and cognitive development in them.
  2. Potassium, a mineral from avocados has a protective effect against high blood pressure, heart diseases, circulatory diseases and stroke.
  3. Avocados is also an important source of folate, individuals who consume folate rich diets can have a protective effect against Alzheimer's disease, heart attacks and other fatal heart diseases and stroke. This is because folate helps to decrease the homocysteine levels in the body, which are considered to play a role in these diseases.
  4. Not only avocados are rich source of folate, oleic acid and potassium but it is also an excellent dietary source of carotenoid lutein and other carotenoids like alpha carotene, beta carotene, and zeaxanthin. Lutein has a protective effect against prostate cancer and eye diseases like macular degeneration and cataracts. Avocados also supply good amounts of vitamin E; the vitamin E present in avocados slows the aging process and has a protective effect against various cancers and heart diseases. Avocados are also a good source of glutathione, which works with vitamin E to scavenge the free radicals from the body and decrease the oxidative stress.

Add a slice of avocado in your salad or mix some chopped avocados with your favorite salsa or soup to get a creamy rich flavor to a meal. Adding avocadoes in this way in your diet also ensures an increase in the body's ability to absorb the carotenoid and other nutrients. Avocadoes are not only appealing to your taste buds but it also promises many health benefits to your body. Although monosaccharide is considered a good fat, it is a fat. So if you choose to include avocadoes in your daily diet then make sure to reduce other sources of fats in your diet, especially if you are overweight.

Submitted on January 16, 2014