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Although there are many foods that are good for you, it takes much more to reach “superfood” status. Superfood is a term used to describe a food that offers the highest nutritional benefits, commonly packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Avocados, also referred to as alligator pears, are among some of the most known superfoods like berries and leafy greens.
Avocados are fruits with a large pit and dark leathery skin. Underneath the surface, they are full of nutrients with wide-ranging health benefits.
What Makes Avocados a Superfood?
- Healthy Fat: Avocados contain monounsaturated fat, the “good” fat, which research suggests protects against many chronic health conditions.
- Extremely nutrient-dense: Avocados are an excellent nutritional source of magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin K. They are also rich in fiber and folate.
- Cholesterol Free: While avocados have a high fat content, there is no cholesterol at all.
The Benefits of Avocados
- Supports Heart Health - Avocado consumption has been associated with improving cholesterol levels. The monounsaturated fat in avocados is great for reducing heart disease.
- Improves Digestion - The high fiber content helps maintain digestive health. High-fiber diets lead to lower rates of constipation and risk of colon cancer.
- Promotes Weight Loss - The amount of fiber and healthy fat in avocados allows one to feel full and satisfied without high calorie intake.
- Controls Blood Sugar - Avocados do not contain sugar, which helps to stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels. The “good” fat and fiber also helps, especially with conditions like diabetes.
- Prevents High Blood Pressure - The potassium in avocados helps to fight against sodium and reduce blood pressure, also known as hypertension. The contents in this delicious fruit enhance blood flow as well.
How We Can Help
The USFHP Care Management Team is designed to support members with individualized care, especially with managing chronic health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and cancer.
We work closely with your doctors and other providers to ensure you receive the services you may need to reach your goals and maintain healthy lifestyles. At USFHP, your overall care is our top priority.
Visit usfhp.net or call 1-800-241-4848 for more information or assistance with the Care Management program.