Avocados: Healthiest Food Ever?

Avocados: Healthiest Food Ever?

Avocados, along with a few other fruits, vegetable, and nuts, may just be one of the superfoods that everyone needs to include in their daily diet. Nutritionists have long realized the benefits of avocados; now many weight loss gurus have incorporated avocados into their diet plans. Avocados are high in fat, but the fats are the beneficial fats that promote good health. Their high fiber content gives a feeling of fullness, and avocados are only 138 calories for half of a medium fruit.

Avocados contain almost 20 vitamins, minerals and trace nutrients. They are high in folate, which helps fetus development, promotes healthy hearts, and reduces stroke risk. Folate combined with the avocado's omega-3 fatty acids has been shown to prevent and may actually help to reverse early Alzheimer's disease. The fats found in avocados can help regulate blood sugar, and along with the potassium found in the fruit, help to lower blood pressure.

The various hormones, nutrients, flavonoids, and enzymes found in avocados are anti-inflammatory, aid digestion, are beneficial for eye health, and may help to prevent breast and prostate cancer. It is easy to see why they may be the healthiest produce.

Often avocados are thought of as guacamole, to be put on burritos, or slathered on a burger. They lend themselves to dips and dressings because of their creamy texture, but they are so much more versatile. Pasta dishes, salads, seafood, poultry dishes, and sandwiches can all benefit from having avocados added to them.

We have over 165 recipes for this super food. Avocado Soup, Avocado Coleslaw, and Avocado Cream Portobellos are a few of the tempting recipe ideas to help incorporate this nutritious food into a healthy diet.

Avocados do not have to be organic to be healthy; they are not genetically modified and generally have little or no pesticide residue. So when planning a healthy diet, avocado should be at the top of your grocery list.

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