I adore avocados! They are smooth, creamy, delicious and combine so well with many strong flavors! They are brimming with vitamins, minerals and even FIBER!
Drew Canole put together a great list extolling the benefits of avocados and I wanted to share it with you. And just in case you forgot about it, I'm also re-posting a recipe for Zesty Grapefruit Guacamole from last year! It's one of my very favorite twists on guacamole!
Please share your favorite way to enjoy a perfectly ripe avocado!
P.S. - Be sure to scrape all of the dark green bits of avocado off the interior of the skin. That's where some very important fat soluble carotenoids can be found! For more info on the benefits of Avocados, be sure to check out page 19 in my cookbook OMG! That's Allergy Free?
Zesty Grapefruit Guacamole
2 Avocados from Mexico, peeled and cut into small cubes
1 pink grapefruit, peeled and segmented with membrane removed and sections cut into small pieces
1 tablespoon fresh grapefruit juice
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
1/4 teaspoon salt
Combine all ingredients. Lightly mash ingredients together but leave them chunky. Serve immediately.
Avocados go with about everything! Besides being creamy and luscious, avocados provide a rich source of vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and phytochemicals.
Here are 9 of my favorite benefits of avocados!
Beta-sitosterol is a compound that may prevent the absorption of cholesterol and naturally works with the body to promote cardiovascular health.
Avocados are packed with fiber. One avocado provides up to 34% of the Daily Value for dietary fiber. Avocados provide soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber is great and beneficial because it actually picks up excess cholesterol from the body and the insoluble fiber prevents constipation.
Folate is an important B6 vitamin. It’s linked to the prevention of cancer and heart disease in adults. Folate is also a necessary for pregnant women since it is necessary and essential for healthy brain development of babies and folate also reduces nausea that is associated with pregnancy.
Glutathione functions as an antioxidant. This compound may neutralize free radicals that can damage cells.
Magnesium reduces discomfort that is associated with premenstrual symptoms, migraines, anxiety. Magnesium may help reverse osteoporosis, help with cardiovascular disease, regulates high blood pressure, and may help with diabetes.
6. Oleic Acid
Oleic acid is a type of monounsaturated fat that has been linked to lowering cholesterol levels. Monounsaturated fats are also promotes healthy heart. This type of fat also helps lower triglycerides in the bloods with is great for people who have diabetes.
Avocado contains 30% more potassium than one banana. Potassium is important in regulation blood pressure and preventing circulatory.
8. Absorption of nutrients and enzymes
The nutrients and enzymes in avocado soothes the condition of inflamed mucous lining in the stomach and small intestines. It also improves the body’s ability to absorb carotenoids and nutrients.
9. Antioxidants and Vitamins
Avocados are rich in antioxidants which is helpful in preventing free radicals. Avocados also containvitamin E which protects the skin, lutein which keeps the eyes safe from oxidative stress, macular degeneration and cataracts.