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More than guacamole: 5 health benefits of the avocado

Aguacate or avocado is sometimes seen as a rich, food luxury our weight can’t afford, but it can actually have some great health benefits. They’re full of antioxidants and are rich in Vitamins A, C, E and have 30% more potassium than a banana.

Oral Cancer Defense
Research has shown that certain compounds in avocados are able to seek out pre-cancerous and cancerous oral cancer cells and destroy them without harming healthy cells.

Breast Cancer Protection
Avocado, like olive oil, is high in oleic acid, which has been shown to prevent breast cancer in numerous studies.

Eye Health
Avocados have more of the carotenoid lutein than any other commonly consumed fruit. Lutein protects against macular degeneration and cataracts, two disabling age-related eye diseases.

Lower Cholesterol
Avocados are high in beta-sitosterol, a compound that has been shown to lower cholesterol levels. In one study, 45 volunteers experienced an average drop in cholesterol of 17% after eating avocados for only one week.

Heart Health
One cup of avocado has 23% of the recommended daily value of folate. Studies show that people who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower incidence of heart disease than those who don’t. The vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, and glutathione in avocado are also great for your heart.

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About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


  1. yummy!

  2. I love it!!!!! The best thing ever!!!!!

  3. I knew that, every dinner we have guacamole as a side dish at home haha una tostada de guacamole once we are done with our main dish :P

  4. I eat Aguacates every day.

  5. absolutely love them.

  6. My favorite!!!!

  7. MMMMmmmmm, LOVE me some aguacate – eat one everyday.

  8. Aguacate…que….Delicia…My moms always sends them to me from La Isla, she has a tree… themmmmm.I always look for them around August…

  9. In Bolivia avacado is called palta…why I have no idea. I just always slip and call it avacado when I am buying it and they look at me like I am crazy.

  10. Yummy..I Love The One’s That Taste Like Pina..Aquacates Del Pais..The Best One’s Come From PONCE..Igual Que Las Quenepas..!! Que Viva La Raza..!! ,. )))

  11. Mmmmmm!!! Im eating one now. :-)

  12. @Becca its Quechua.

  13. Aguacate con limon y sal, o con tomate, en una tortilla! Texas style

  14. Aguacate con limon y sal, o con tomate, en una tortilla! Texas style

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