The Amazing Power of Avocados

Love avocados? Well you’ll love them even more when you discover their amazing benefits, the keep you thin, protect your vision, and may even prevent cancer.



Calling all guac addicts: Avocados keep you thin, protect your vision, and may even prevent cancer.

1 Eye opener
Protect your vision with a few slices of avocado at lunch or dinner. Avocados are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants found in the retina that keep eyes healthy; they also may help prevent age-related problems, like cataracts and macular degeneration.

2 Cancer fighter
Extracts from avocados kill or stop the growth of precancerous cells that lead to oral cancer and may have a similar effect on other cancers, according to a recent study. Researchers credit the fruits unique combo of nutrients—which include folate and vitamins C and E.

3 Nutrient booster
Add avocado to salsa for a bigger health payoff. A study from The Ohio State University found that people absorbed four-and-a-half times more of the cancer-fighter lycopene from the tomatoes when avocado was added; the healthy fats help you absorb more nutrients.

4 Healthier fat
Skip the mayo, and go for creamy avocado on your sandwich. It packs 4 grams of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat (which lowers cholesterol), 2 grams of fiber, and 1 gram of protein per ounce, making it a lower-fat, more-filling substitute for the white stuff.


Susan Hall
Last Updated: June 04, 2010

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