Avocados are high in phytochemicals, including eye-protective lutein and zeaxanthin. Besides having 50% more potassium than bananas, avocados are loaded with oleic acid, a fatty acid shown to switch off cancer-causing genes.
Phytochemicals are biologically active compounds in food and directly influence gene expression. They play a vital role in the body’s biochemistry in ways that affect our health as significantly as vitamins and minerals. They could be termed as “Nature’s Pharmacy”.
Fruits and vegetables, apart from being good sources of vitamins, minerals and fibre, are also rich sources of bioactive compounds, called phytochemicals. Although phytochemicals aren’t considered essential nutrients, much of the disease prevention potential of fruits and vegetables in human health is provided by these compounds.