Avocado Health Benefits
Avocado is Incredibly Nutritious
It is often referred to being a “Superfood ---- and it should be given all the health benefits.
It is very rich in dietary fiber, and more potassium than a banana. A single avocado has 975 milligrams of potassium while one large banana has 487 milligrams. And one avocado packs four grams of protein, one of the highest coming from a fruit.
It has very high omega 3 fatty acids – the good kind of fat – in the form of alpha-linolenic acid or 4.5 grams. This fat accounts for three-quarters of the calories. But sugar levels are low.
It contains 9 grams of carbs – but 7 of those are fiber – so you only count 2 net carbs – which makes this a low-carb friendly.
Contains NO cholesterol or sodium.
An avocado has vitamin B5, B6 and K, high in magnesium, phosphorus, iron and potassium.
It also has vitamin A, C and E and riboflavin, copper, iron, zinc, folate, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin).
And one fresh avodado contain lycopene and beta-carotene, which are antioxidants and a bonus with this fruit, it reduces cell damage.
Avocado - Fruit or Vegetable
This is a fruit strangely enough, but we treat and eat it like a vegetable. It is a pear shaped single-seeded berry. It belongs to the Lauraceae family that include bay laurel and cinnamon.
The word “avocado’ is derived from the Aztec word “ahuacatl,” meaning testicle.
Also known as alligator pear or butter fruit. An average serving is one-fifth of an avocado.
Although it is known to have fats and calories – but those fats are the good ones.
This fruit packs a big nutritious’ punch!
Reduces blood cholesterol levels
Decreases risk for heart disease
Reduces risk of stroke
Reduces risk or coronary artery disease
Reduces risk of diabetes
Improves the good cholesterol
Helps keep blood sugar levels steady
Helps maintain blood sugar
Helps keep blood pressure under control
Reduces risk of macular degeneration and cataracts
Helps prevent birth defects like spina bifida
Helps prevent birth defects like naural tube defects
Reduces cancers of mouth, skin and prostate
Keeps digestion on track - regular bowels and healthy intestines
Helps kin keep nourished and glowing
Great anti-inflammatory properties
Good substance of Glutathione - helps your immune system
Helps relief symptoms in knee osteoarthritis
Note: If you are allergic to latex or have latex allergies and after eating avocados you encounter stuffy nose, wheezing, coughing and edema.
Stop eating avocados and check to see if your symptoms go away, if they do, don’t eat avocados or not as many!
Little Known Facts
1. An avocado will ripen more quickly with a banana or an apple around.(Store your avocado in a brown bag with an apple or banana – the gases trapped in the bag from these other fruits will ripen avocados quickly.)
2. One avocado packs four grams of protein, among the fruits highest.
3. You can substitute 1:1 ratio. (It won’t coat your dry ingredients the same
and you need to increase your wet ingredients a little to compensate.)
(mash your avocado unto pulp and add to your softened butter and it’s ready.)
For more info on this go to: http://www.thekitchn.com/substitute-this-avocado-for-butter-when-baking-174382
4. Do not consume too many of this fruit, it can leas to nutritional deficiencies, since
Fat is digested slower and leaves you feeling fuller longer! Who would believe this?
5. California produces 95% of all avocados grown in the US.
6. Fat is essential for every single cell in your body, so eating the right kind of fat is
essential. Eating healthy fats supports skin health.
7. Most people do not get enough of potassium. (Probably why we have so many heart attacks, heart problems and strokes.)