The avocado is certainly one of the most underestimated fruits. It's so much more than a party dip—this creamy, fibrous fruit is nature's butter filled with vitamins and antioxidants.
As we enter a new season, it may be time to re-evaluate a few things. Maybe introduce new practices into your routine or foods into your diet to nurture a healthier lifestyle. Big changes are generally hard to keep—start small. Introduce one new food that will help you on a path to a cleaner diet. May we suggest avocado? The avocado is certainly one of the most underestimated fruits. It's so much more than a party dip—this creamy, fibrous fruit is nature's butter filled with vitamins and antioxidants.
Nutritionist and culinary professional Rose Reisman uses avocado to enrich recipes and raves about the health benefits. "It's got vitamin C in it. It's good for your skin. It's good for your hair. There are antioxidants in vitamin C and antioxidants that basically act as little Pac-Men that come and capture free radicals. Free radicals lead to auto-immune diseases [cancer is an auto-immune disease]."
That's not all avocado has to offer. Check out 13 reasons you should start using more avocado.
1. Healthy fat: Seventy-five per cent of fat in avocado is monounsaturated. This fat raises your HDL "good" cholesterol and helps to protect against heart disease and stroke
2. Weight control: There are 10 grams of fibre in a medium-sized avocado that will fill you up and help prevent you from overeating.
3. Good for your eyes: It is a source of lutein, an antioxidant that helps to protect against eye disease.
4. Lowers blood pressure: Avocado is rich in potassium, which "is known to help regulate your blood pressure," says Reisman.
5. Digestion: The vitamin B in this fruit helps the gastrointestinal tract in the stomach. It also releases digestive enzymes, which help to digest food.
6. Controls blood sugar: Avocado is low-glycemic, which allows your blood sugar to rise slowly. When your blood sugar rises slowly, you're not as hungry between meals.
7. Brain food: Avocado is considered a brain-booster (coming in a close second to blueberries) due to its omega-3 fatty acid, which helps to improve brain function.
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