7 good reasons Avocados are considered "Super Food"
Revered as a sacred fruit among many ancient cultures around the world, today's studies confirm that avocados are not only incredibly versatile and taste delicious,, but have superfood-like qualities.
From plant-based diets to even paleo and keto lifestyles, Avocados have become some what a staple all round health food...for good reason.
History Of The Avocado
There's so much wonderful history behind the humble fruit we call the Avocado. And yes, they're regarded as a "fruit" not a vegetable because of the very fact that they're a 'seeded' whole food.
According to legend, a Mayan princess ate the first Avocado way back in 291 B.C.
This is one fruit that has a very feminine context, because when cut open it perfectly resembles a womb with a swollen seed, just like a woman who is pregnant.
The Aztecs taught that the womb and cervix was the sign of nature or signature of the avocado because of this resemblance. And they were also the first to brilliantly discover, that it takes the avocado 9 months to go from blossom to ripened fruit!
As a result, avocados are in fact one of the best whole foods pregnant women can eat to support both their health and that of their baby. Additionally, they also protect against cervical and breast cancers and complications during pregnancy and birth.
Learn more in Tips For A Healthy Pregnancy
But this does not mean avocados should be exclusively reserved for women, MEN should also eat them whenever they can because they have so many nutritional, and health-promoting properties…
Packed Full Of Nutrients
Avocados contain high levels of:
- Vitamin K
- Antioxidants, like vitamin C
- Vitamins B5 & B6
The following minerals are also present:
Health Benefits Of Avocados
Some of the healing and health-promoting qualities of avocados include:
1. “Good” Healthy Fats & Cholesterol
With a high proportion of its calories coming from good fats of which the majority is oleic acid, avocados are not only a great source of energy but also provide a shot of fat-soluble vitamins.
Additionally, they have the ability to raise good (HDL) blood cholesterol as well as heal and protect the joints and nerves.
Learn more in Good Fats Versus Bad Fats
2. Promotes Weight Loss
Being high in fibre and low in carbohydrates, avocados will help to diminish your appetite by making you feel full for longer and consume less food.
Learn more in Losing Weight: The Big Fat Lie
3. Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Recent research has indicated that avocado seed extract is effective at reducing inflammation.
This is significant as chronic inflammation is often a precursor for many serious health issues.
Learn more in 5 Signs You Have Inflammation In Your Body
4. Brain Health
Thanks to their high omega-3 fatty acids content, avocados can serve to improve cognitive function and boost memory.
5. Eye Health
Avocados contain two key carotenoids called lutein and zeaxanthin which help to reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.
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6. Kidney & Liver
As a result of its high levels of oleic acid and antioxidants, avocado oil can help to reduce kidney damage resulting from diabetes.
In terms of the liver, avocados provide glutathione which can help this vital organ to cleanse itself.
7. Heart Health
As a result of its fatty acid profile, avocado oil in addition to making vitamins and phytochemical more bioavailable also supports cardiovascular health and reduces the risk of heart disease.
Avocados can also help to:
- Promote healthy blood sugar balance
- Prevent stroke
- Reduce risk of cancer
- Improve asthma
- Heal bruising and soothe the skin
Unlike many fruits, the avocado fruit does not ripen on the tree. Instead, it will fall off in a hard, “green” state before quickly ripening on the ground. Or once picked and kept at natural outside or room temperature, it will ripen in 3-6 days.
With such an abundance of incredible nutrients that help your body in so many ways, they’re just as versatile in the way you can prepare them once ripe.
A popular favourite of many is whipping up a Guacamole by smashing a couple of ripe avos in a bowl, adding fresh lime juice and cilantro (coriander), chopped onion, tomatoes, garlic, fresh chilli and Celtic Sea Salt. Grab some good organic corn tortillas or chips, or cut up some celery or carrot sticks!
It also goes great on whole grain toast topped with cracked black pepper and a pinch of nature-made salt.
If you're looking for more inspiration, check out some of the recipe books in our online store that include some amazing vegetarian and vegan recipes.
There are so many ways you can easily add this delicious and nutritious whole food into your diet!
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