Health-wise, Avocados are a miracle fruit. Here are the reasons why you should enjoy them often:
1. Not all fat is bad fat
The fat-phobia days of the 1980s and 1990s are over. We now realize that there is such a thing as “healthy fat” a.k.a – monounsaturated fat, also found in olive oil and nuts – that helps boost heart health. Avocados are also rich in fiber, which has been shown to curb appetite and encourage a feeling of satiety.
2. Nutritional jackpot
In addition to “good” monounsaturated fat, avocados boast over 14 minerals; protein, complete, with all 18 essential amino acids; soluble fiber, to trap excess cholesterol and send it out of the system; phytosterols; polyphenols; carotenoids; omega 3s; vitamins B-complex, C, E and K, among others.
3. Long-term health
The nutrients found in avocados have been found to contribute to the long-term prevention of illnesses like heart disease, diabetes and cancer. In addition, they can assist in naturally lowering LDL and raising your (good) HDL cholesterol, regulating blood sugar and reducing inflammation in the body.
4. Sidekick status
Avocados have been proven to be the perfect accompaniment to orange and red-colored fruits and vegetables; they help the absorption of carotenoids, the compounds found in carrots, tomatoes and peppers, that help protect against cancer.
Ideas for adding avocados to your daily diet:
– Add avocado to a fruit smoothie
– Eat at breakfast instead of potatoes
– Sliced avocado on whole grain bread with some butter or salt
– Blend with lemon juice, water, vinegar and spices for a great dressing or dip
– Make homemade guacamole
– Often avocados are not ripe when purchased in the supermarket. This means that a little advance planning is required. A trick to quicken ripening is to seal an avocado in a brown paper bag alongside a banana or apple. The gasses that accumulate in the bag will help your avocado be ready for consumption a bit sooner.
– If you realize that you’ve cut open an unripe avocado, don’t sweat it. Just spritz the exposed fruit with lemon juice, cover or wrap tightly, and let it ripen in the fridge for a day or two.
– After cutting open an avocado, don’t scoop out the fruity insides. Instead, peel it from outside – the dark green fruit closest to the skin is the most nutritious part.