Avocados are considered a super food for so many reasons. Not only are they packed with vitamins and nutrients, they also seem to help prevent and control many ailments, like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other health conditions. Although they are dense in calories (one avocado is about 300 calories), they are nutrient rich calories with so many health benefits; think of it as calories well spent.
This delectable green fruit not only tastes great, but it’s also a sodium and cholesterol free food that has about 20 essential nutrients, packed with fiber, rich in monounsaturated fats such as omega-3 fatty acids, filled with vitamins A, C, E, K, and B vitamins, as well as potassium.
Best of all, avocados are so versatile. You can put them on salads, sandwiches, smoothies, and so much more. They can be made into a dip or even placed on pizza. You don’t even have to buy them organic. Avocados have no GMOs and no detectable pesticide residue.
Contain good fat
Not all fats are bad for you, actually the monounsaturated fat found in avocados helps reduce your LDL “bad” cholesterol, which can boost heart health and reduce blood pressure.
High fiber and protein content
Avocados have very high fiber content. They are also packed with protein that is easily digestible. They actually have the highest protein content of any fruit. Adding them to your diet can help improve digestion and keep you full longer.
Full of vitamins and minerals
You can find several different vitamins in avocados. Mainly B vitamins, along with vitamin K, C, A, and E. B vitamins help maintain a good metabolism and a healthy skin tone, while vitamin K plays a key role in sustaining healthy bone density and growth. Vitamin C helps strengthens the immune system, while vitamin A is great for skin and eyes. It also has folate, which is recommended for pregnant women. The nutrients and enzymes found in Avocados help reduce inflammation in the stomach and small intestines. It also improves your body’s ability to digest other nutrients.
Did you know?
Once an avocado is picked, it takes 7-10 days to ripen. Storing them in the fridge will slow down the ripening process.
To reduce browning of the avocado, sprinkle lemon juice on the exposed flesh, place in a plastic bag, and store in fridge.
The avocado is also called the alligator pear because of its green scaly texture.
Foods naturally rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as avocados, are widely acknowledged as the secret to a healthy heart, a brilliant brain, and excellent eye sight.
There are more than 80 varieties of avocados. The most common is the year-round Hass avocado, whose original mother tree still stands in California.
What would guacamole be without avocados?? Super bowl Sunday and Cinco de Mayo are the days where the most avocados are eaten (between 8 and 14 million pounds).