The avocado is a rather unique type of fruit. Most fruit consists primarily of carbohydrate, while avocado is high in healthy fats. Numerous studies show that it has powerful beneficial effects on health. Below are a couple of health benefits of avocados:
Fiber– At about 7% by weight, the Fiber content of the Avocado is unusually high compared to most foods. Fiber is an important dietary component linked to lower risk of heart disease, aiding in weight control, and reducing blood-sugar spikes.
Fats– The avocado is a very fatty food but its heart-healthy mono saturated fat has been shown to lower inflammation and reduce the risk of some types of cancer.
Cholesterol– Research has found avocados can improve lipid profiles. One study found that a diet featuring avocados led to a 17% reduction in total serum cholesterol in study subjects, a 22% decrease in LDL (bad Cholesterol) and 11% increase in beneficial HDL Cholesterol.
Nutrient Absorption– Studies have shown that eating avocado or avocado oil with veggies can dramatically increase the amount of antioxidants you take in.
Not only are avocados healthy, they’re also incredibly delicious and go with all sorts of foods.
You can add them to salads and various sorts of recipes, or you can simply scoop them out with a spoon and eat them plain.
They have a creamy, rich, fatty texture and blend well with various other ingredients.
A notable mention is guacamole, which is arguably the most famous use of avocados. It includes avocado along with ingredients like salt, garlic, lime and a few others depending on the recipe.
An avocado often takes some time to ripen and it should feel slightly soft when ripe. The nutrients in avocado can oxidize soon after fleshing it, but if you add lemon juice then that shouldn’t happen as quickly.
At the end of the day, avocados are an awesome food. They’re loaded with nutrients, many of which are lacking in the modern diet.
They are weight loss friendly, heart healthy and… last but not least, taste incredible.
What more could you ask for in a food?