Sometimes Matt and I get overexcited at Costco and buy a bag of 12 avocados. Luckily they are loaded with health benefits:
(1) Healthy brain: Avocados combine brain healthy omega-3 fatty acids with natural vitamin E, which has been clinically proven to prevent Alzheimer’s disease from progressing and even reversing it in its earliest stages.
(2) Healthy heart: Avocado monounsaturated fats contain the phytonutrient beta-sitosterol, which was clinically proven to lower LDL and triglyceride blood levels while raising HDL. The natural vitamin E and the master antioxidant glutathione in a base of avocado’s monounsaturated fat’s oleic acid are also recognized heart health boosters.
(3) Pregnancy: Folic acid is commonly recommended for pregnant women to help the fetus develop its brain and other vital organs. They recommend using natural folate for its folic acid content instead. Folate also reduces stroke risk, according to a study of people who eat folate rich foods.
(4) Eye health: Avocado contains the carotenoid leutein, an antioxidant that specializes with protecting the eyes from oxidative stress damage leading to poor vision, cataracts, and macular degeneration.
(5) Blood pressure: The combination of avocado’s high potassium content, 30 percent more than banana, with omega-3 and oleic acid are beneficial toward reducing blood pressure.
(6) Blood sugar: Avocado’s monounsaturated fats can prevent or reverse insulin resistance, a source of type 2 diabetes. The high soluble fiber of avocado helps prevent blood sugar spikes.
(7) Anti-inflammatory: Inflammation is considered the basis of most non-contagious diseases. Avocados have an abundance of plant phytonutrient polyphenols and flavonoids, which have been discovered as anti-inflammatory agents.
(8) Anti-aging: The master antioxidant glutathione supports the liver and the nervous system. It is responsible for replenishing and recycling other antioxidants in the body. It is vital for a strong immune system, and avocado is one of the few foods that contain a considerable amount of glutathione.
(9) Digestion: Nutrients and enzymes in avocado reduce inflammation in the stomach and small intestine’s mucous lining. This also improves the body’s ability to absorb carotenoids and nutrients.
So basically, avocados are a superfood that we should all be eating on the reg. Here is how I manage to get in my avocado goodness:
Yellow ellow rice, pork tenderloin, tomato…and avocado.
Panko Chicken Salad...with avocado
Chicken Nachos…with guacamole.
Egg scramble…with avocado.
Cilantro lime beef flatbread…with avocado
I also keep hearing about people eating avocado in smoothies. I haven’t tried this yet but I think it actually sounds pretty fantastic.
PICKING TIPS: Ripe avocados will be firm but yield to gentle pressure. To test, place the avocado in the palm of your hand and grip without using your fingertips (fingertips can cause bruising). If it yields to pressure, it can be eaten immediately or in 2-3 days if stored in the fridge. If it is still too firm, it will ripen in about 4-5 days in room temperature. Too speed up this process, place it in a brown paper bag with a banana. To store an avocado that has been cut open, squeeze a little lemon on it and store in the fridge in a ziplock/tupperware for 1 day.
How often do you eat avocado?
Apparently I eat avocado every hour.
Ever have avocado in a smoothie?