Ah avocados! They are one of nature’s finest fruits. I’ve always thought of them as a vegetable, but they actually are considered a large berry and are bursting with healthy nutrients that our bodies love. Some nutrition experts actually rank them as one of the top five healthiest foods on the planet.
Often times when people think of avocados, they think of guacamole, which is a tasty dip made from mashed avocados. Avocados however, not only make a tasty appetizer, but make other tasty dishes great! You can find them combined with a variety of Mexican entrees and other side dishes, as well as in sandwiches, wraps and salads. You can also add them to your smoothies for an additional burst of nutrients, as well as add them in baked goods and more.
Following Are 5 Reasons To Add Avocados To Your Diet:
- Rich in vitamins—Avocados are rich in a variety of vitamins including vitamin A and potassium. They are also rich in B vitamins that help us fight infections and disease and vitamins C and E that help fight cancer.
- Contains Healthy Fat—Avocados contain monounsaturated fat, which is considered a healthy fat and can help lower bad cholesterol.
- Loaded With Fiber—Avocados are loaded with fiber and help give us a full feeling. The fiber also helps to support a healthy digestive tract, as well helps guard against cancer, kidney stones and other diseases.
- Rich in Potassium— Avocados are rich in potassium, which helps to support blood pressure in the body. Many people reach for a banana when they want to add more potassium to their diet, but reaching for an avocado is actually better, as it contains more potassium. Combining them both together in a smoothie is a smart decision.
- May Help With Weight Loss—Avocados are high in fiber and low in carbohydrates, which some studies show helps to promote weight loss. Dr. Mark Hyman, in his book, “Eat Fat Get Thin,” promotes eating avocados for their healthy fat, as well as their nutrient-dense properties.
The important thing to remember is that avocados are healthy and good for you. So the the next time you are out grocery shopping, go ahead and reach for an avocado or two. Your body will be glad you did.
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