What is green, luscious, and full of nutrients and heart-healthy vitamins? If you guessed avocado, you are correct. Avocados are one of the most nutritional foods you can eat, and the reasons why will surprise you! Technically, avocado is a berry, but most often it is referred to as a vegetable because of its creaminess without added sugar.
This powerhouse fruit/veggie offers 20 vitamins and minerals in a single serving. This includes potassium to help control your blood pressure, and lutein which is good for your eyes. Avocado is rich in folate which helps to repair cells and important when you are pregnant because it cuts the risk of birth defects. It provides vitamins C, E, B6, and K, and is also high in zinc and selenium. If you are counting carbs, choose avocado to flavor your burger or salad. It is also low in sodium.
Once dismissed as a high-fat fruit/veggie, avocados have proven that their mono-unsaturated fats are the good kind of fat, much like that found in olive oil. These fats lower your health risks by cutting inflammation in the body and lowering the bad cholesterol with their oleic acid when eaten in moderation. Although avocados are relatively high in calories (50 calories per 1/5 of the meat), they are low in sugar and contain 3.4 grams of fiber (per 1/3 avocado) to fill you up during the day and keep you satisfied.
Besides blocking inflammation in the body, avocados also help to fight prostate, skin, and mouth cancers; gum disease; metabolic problems; and promote wound healing.
If all of this information doesn’t convince you to add avocados to your diet to boost the flavor and texture of your meals, you may want to keep it on hand as a portable snack or to use in smoothies and sandwiches. To prevent the avocado fruit from browning when peeled, add a little lemon juice or vinegar. Once they are too ripe to eat, don’t waste the avocado by tossing it out, but use it for your hair and scalp as a conditioner, to provide added shine, and to reduce dandruff. On the skin, avocado softens skin, heals burns, helps to soften wrinkles and puffy eyes, and helps to smooth rough hands and feet.