Unbelievably Nutritious Avocado
Unbelievably Nutritious Avocado – Avocados are one of the healthiest foods on the planet. They are filled with a plethora of nutrients including vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, copper, iron, phosporus, magnesium, and potassium. In fact, you would need to eat two or three bananas to meet the potassium content of just one avocado. Avocados also contain fiber, protein, and beneficial phytochemicals such as beta-sitosterol, glutathione and lutein which help protect against various disease and illness like macular degeneration and cataracts. Due to their high folate content, avocados are a great combatant against birth defects like spina bifida and neural tube defects. Folate has even been linked to prevent strokes.
Phytonutrient compounds found in avocados, such as polyphenols and flavonoids, have been found to hold anti-inflammatory properties, thereby reducing the risk of inflammatory and degenerative disorders which can affect every part of the body including joints, internal organ systems, skin and connective tissue.
The monounsaturated fats in avocados have also been heralded to reverse insulin resistance, which helps to regulate blood sugar levels. Avocados also contain more soluble fiber than most foods, which help keep steady blood sugar levels, proper bowel regularity, and maintaining proper weight control.
When including avocados in a meal plan, it is vital to remember that they are in the fruit family. The United States have all but sequestered avocados to salads and tacos, but in most countries, they are used quite regularly in deserts. Their mild flavor, texture and creamy consistency when mixed properly provide an excellent addition to many favorite treats.
We use avocados as much as possible. We try to have them in our smoothies each morning because of their nice, creamy texture and nutrient density.
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