AVOCADO – A VERY HEALTHY FOOD

Creamy rich avocados are a wonderful staple fruit that are native to Central and South America. The most common varieties include the Hass Avocado, known for its rugged dark brown-black skin and buttery green flesh and the Fuerte avocado, a larger variety with a distinct pear shape and smooth dark green skin. avocado - superfood

 Health Benefits
  • good source of essential nutrients
  • Can help in weight loss
  • Helps stabilise blood sugar
  • Balances blood cholesterol
  • Heart healthy
  • Protection against cancer
  • Good for eye health

Studies have found avocados to be an extremely important source of several essential vitamins and nutrients. Regular avocado eaters tend to get more good fats, dietary fibre, vitamins E, K, and magnesium in their diet. Avocados are an excellent source of potassium, a mineral that helps regulate blood pressure, and folate, which helps protect against cardiovascular disease and stroke and is essential for foetal development.

Although avocados are high in fat, they are actually extremely heart healthy and may protect against certain cancers. This is due to the fat that avocados contain oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that may help to raise HDL (the good cholesterol) and lower LDL (the bad cholesterol). Oleic acid has also been found to protect against breast cancer and may protect against other cancers.

Healthier unsaturated fats containing oleic acid have been shown to produce a greater feeling of satiety therefore helping to curb your appetite. Avocado slows digestion and helps keep blood sugar from spiking after a meal. A diet high in good fats may even help reverse insulin resistance, which translates to steadier blood sugar long term.

Avocados can help you lose weight . Avocados contains plenty of fibre, including soluble and insoluble, both of which your body needs to keep the digestive system running smoothly. Plus, soluble fibre slows the breakdown of carbohydrates in your body, helping you feel full for longer.

Avocados are a great source of lutein, a carotenoid that works as an antioxidant and helps protect against eye disease. The addition of avocados to your diet has also been shown to increase your body’s ability to absorb carotenoids – powerful antioxidants that are found in many yellow and orange fruit and vegetables including carrots and sweet potatoes. Carotenoids are lipophilic (soluble in fat, not water), so eating carotenoid-packed foods with monounsaturated-fat-rich avocados helps your body absorb the carotenoids.

Do you eat avocado regularly? If so how do you like yours? Do you eat it sliced and diced on a salad, naked from its skin or do you have a recipe you’d like to share?

Comments

  1. You made such a good point about the healthy fat in Avocados. I enjoy putting them into salad dressings that I make (no vegetable oils such as Canola, corn or soy – Omega 6-66’s!).
    Do you know whether it’s essential to eat Organic Avocados or are they alright as conventionally grown?
    Thanks for your blog!
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    • Avocados tend to be one of the fruits with lowest levels of pesticides, so its not so essential to have an organic version.

  2. My doctor suggested that I eat my weight in avocado to help with a potassium deficiency and I’m not complaining. I love them and have found a ton of different recipes to use them in. I have found from experience that everything you say in this post is true. It’s one of the best foods for you.
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  3. I love avocados! One a day, at the very least! Is it possible to eat too much avocado?

    I love to eat them just plain, cut in half, spooned out. I like to think of them as nature’s healthy ice cream. They’re so gooooood!

  4. I aim to start eating avacado. I started juicing a few days ago and I really need to eat more of these to help balance sugar and cholesterol levels. I was told they were like 500 calories each. Is that true?

    What is the best way to add them to a juicing recipe? Half or whole? Peeled?
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    • True they are quite high in calories – about 135 calories per 100g (but that is when weighed whole). Rather than juice them, a better way is to blend your juice with the avocado flesh so you get more of a smoothie type drink. A slightly longer process but you’ll end up with a drink which is more satisfying and will keep you going for longer.

  5. I love avocados and we eat them often. They are tasty and satisfying. I used to have an avocado tree, but they don’t grow well where I live now. I really miss that tree.
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  6. I just had avocado yoghurt! I agree completely about the benefits. Sharing!

  7. I absolutely love avocados…I can’t believe I only just discovered their creamy goodness a few years ago. I like to use it as a savoury spread….with just salt and pepper on toast it just tastes just like egg mayo. Ok I’m hungry already.
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  8. I just love avocados. I like them cut in half with prawns in a nice sauce poked into the holes.

    Have liked the ideas shared above too. Thanks.

    Joy
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  9. Mmmm. I love avocado. Especially shake.
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