Avocados, fruit or vegetable? Those of you that went with fruit are off to a flying start! There aren’t many fruits out there that are fortunate enough to have an entire FitnessBeans article dedicated solely to them, so you can start to appreciate how valuable this fruit actually is. The truth is, avocados can really be considered a super food and their potential benefits – both health and fitness related – are quite remarkable.

This article considers just how remarkable this particular fruit is and gives you an idea as to how you can incorporate them into your diet.

5 Key Benefits Of Avocados

To start us off, here’s 5 things you probably didn’t know about avocados that illustrate just how beneficial they are:

  1. A whole avocado, of average size, contains approximately 230 calories – providing 3g of protein and 9g of fibre.
  2. Approximately 80% of an avocado’s calories derive from fat, however the majority of these fats are healthy, monosaturated and have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels.
  3. An avocado contains 35% more potassium than a banana and provides decent levels of calcium and magnesium – crucial electrolytes for muscle functioning and fluid equilibrium.
  4. Each avocado contains nearly 20 vitamins, which have been demonstrated to enhance your defence mechanisms against cancer, heart disease and premature aging.
  5. The healthy fats contained within avocados have been demonstrated to boost levels of both testosterone and human growth hormone production.

So there you have it, a single fruit that provides 5 benefits that can really enhance both your health and fitness levels. Most importantly to note for many gym users looking to build strength and size will be the enhanced levels of testosterone and human growth hormone but it’s important not to take anything away from the other 4 benefits highlighted within this article.

Avocado In Your Diet: An Easy Recipe

Avocado is a great addition to many snacks and meals, but if you’re looking for something a little different why not try the recipe below for an avocado and banana smoothie? It makes a great post workout supplement.

Ingredients required:

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 1 apple
  • 1 stock of celery
  • 1-2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup water

Simply blend together and serve.

This provides you with: 60g carbohydrates, 16g fat, 5g protein, 70% vitamin C, 50% vitamin A and 9% calcium.
Total calories: 365.