Avocados; the Super Food
What makes an avocado so healthy?
Health has been an increasing focus in our nation. There are all kinds of vitamins, supplements, exercise programs, etc that are dedicated to making you healthier, leaner and better looking. What if you could find all of that in a single fruit?
The avocado is not only a delicious and versatile fruit, research has shown that it has incredibly powerful health benefits. They are one of the most nutrient-dense foods, as in there are more nutrients in this single item than almost any other. Avocados are high in fiber, potassium, vitamin E, magnesium and are among the fruits with the highest folate,
The monounsaturated fat in the avocado alone can hold its claim for being a Super Food. Oleic acid is the monounsaturated fat in an avocado, which lowers cholesterol. Studies show that after only a week of incorporating it into your every day diet can significantly decrease both total and LDL cholesterol. Some as much as 11%. Oleic acid also increases fat metabolism. An avocado can greatly increase weight loss.
The avocado is rich in anti-oxidants. Carotenoid, lutein and zeaxanthin are all powerful anti-oxidants. Avocados can decrease the amounts of acidic waste that accumulate within the body. These anti-oxidant with the help of the amino acids also within the avocado reduce the appearance of age spots and scars, soothes inflammation, and helps the body's immune system to heal the skin quicker. It also has been proven to boost the formation of collagen, causing skin to look more radiant, and diminish wrinkles.
At the annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in San Diego, California, it was presented that the avocado may help fight off heart disease and cancer. Further research is required, but preliminary studies showed a decrease in cancer cells, when they were exposed to the fat specifically in avocados. Avocados help in smooth blood flow and lower blood pressure, eliminating the chances of heart disease in many people. The better blood circulation can also affect the brain, leading to a better memory, quicker responses and a stronger ability to learn.
So what do you do with the mushy green fruit?
Well, you can do almost anything with it.
- Cut it into slices and mix it in with a salad.
- Spread it on toast like it is butter.
- Smash it and mix it with low calorie salsa for a dip, or a dressing
- Cut it into slices and use it as a finger food for toddlers
- Mashing it and using it as baby food
- Swap for mayo on your sandwiches or burgers
- Blended into a smoothie
- Added to omelets
- Cucumber avocado soup
- Used as relish on turkey dogs
- Added to tacos
- Eaten in a wrap with veggies
- As a side item
- With Shrimp