Avocado contains a lot of potassium, 35% more than the average banana. Potassium is a nutrient that most people aren’t getting enough of, which helps maintain electrical gradients in the body’s cells. Avocados have 14% of the recommended RDA of potassium for a 100g portion compared to only 10% in bananas. Several studies show that potassium is linked to reduce blood pressure and to support healthy blood pressure vessels.
Avocados are loaded with heart healthy fatty acids, in fact, 77% of the calories in it are from fat, making it one of the fattiest plant foods in existence. The majority of the fat in avocado is oleic acid and is also the main component in olive oil and believed to be responsible for some of its beneficial effects.
Oleic acid has been linked to reduced inflammation as well. The fats in avocado are also resistant to heat-induced oxidation therefore making avocado oil a healthy and safe choice for cooking.