Why Avocado’s are sooooo DREAMY!!!!
In my opinion, avocados should be ranked as one of the Top 5 healthiest foods on the planet along with coconut oil. They are also probably one of the least understood foods because they are so unique in their nutrient density of healthy fats, fiber and minerals.
Did you know that avocados are actually part of the fruit family?
Americans seem unsure how to use them so they typically put them in salads, sandwiches and guacamole dip. Granted, avocados are a fantastic addition to these dishes, but I have come to appreciate that, in most countries, they are regularly used in desserts! Their mild flavor, texture and creamy consistency are a fantastic accompaniment to some of my favorite treats like chocolate pudding or dark chocolate brownies!
Avocado Nutrition Facts:
So, here’s the deal about avocados: they truly are a superfood. I don’t know of any other food that is so jam-packed with nutrients.
Fat-soluble vitamins A, E, and K – Our bodies not only require these vitamins to function properly, they work together with essential minerals (such as magnesium and zinc) and metabolic factors (such as carbon dioxide and thyroid hormone) in such a delicate way that it is a reminder that we should eat more nutrient-dense foods like avocados!
Water-soluble vitamins B and C – I’m not sure if you knew this, but B-complex vitamins and vitamin C are not stored in your body. This means that you need to replenish them every day, which reminds me of my mantra: “An avocado a day, keeps the medical doctor away”!
Minerals: magnesium, potassium, iron and copper – One interesting fact many people are unaware of is that you would need to eat two to three bananas to meet the potassium content in just one avocado.
Fiber – Avocados contain more soluble fiber than most foods and help stabilize blood sugar levels, facilitate proper bowel regularity and maintain proper weight control.
Protein – Having the highest protein and lowest sugar content of any fruit, avocados offer a unique balance to building lean muscle mass and burning fat.
Phytochemicals such as beta-sitosterol, glutathione and lutein – To help protect against various diseases like macular degeneration and cataracts it is a good idea to eat a diet rich in phytochemicals like avocados.
Folate – Avocado benefits include preventing certain birth defects like spinal bifida and neural tube defects; research has even suggested that folate-rich foods can prevent stroke!
Phytonutrients (polyphenols and flavonoids) – Anti-inflammatory compounds like phytonutrients are key to reduce the risk of inflammatory and degenerative disorders that can affect every part of the body including joints, internal organ systems, skin and connective tissue.
Monounsaturated fats – Shown to reverse insulin resistance and regulate blood sugar levels, avocados and avocado oil are some of the richest sources of monounsaturated fats in the world!Calories – 1 medium size avocado has around 215 total calories. But, because of the fiber and nutrient content, this super nutrient-dense food should only help you lose weight.