The recent rise in the popularity of Avocados has as much to do with their flavor and utility as with their health benefits. Strangely enough, the avocado tree should have died out in its South American home centuries ago, along with the giant ground sloth which was the only dispersal agent left for its giant seed, but which became extinct 13,000 years ago. It is thanks to humans’ enjoyment of this fruit that we still have avos today.
Containing 20 different nutrients, the fruit, sometimes called the alligator fruit, packs 2 grams of protein and 15 grams of healthy fats. Most of the carbohydrates are healthy fiber. It has many anti-oxidant nutrients and is especially high in potassium, which helps reduce blood pressure. Although bananas are well-known for their high potassium content, Avocados have twice the amount so are even better.
Avocados help the heart by reducing the “bad” cholesterol fats in the blood and increasing the “good” cholesterol, which helps clear arteries of blockages. Their ability to be used as tasty substitutes for many unhealthy foods makes them especially attractive as health foods. The healthy oils in Avocados will also help you better absorb nutrients in vegetables such as vitamins A, D, E and K which needs to be combined with fats to be absorbed by the body.
For a health food, Avocados are surprisingly tasty and can be included in your diet in so many ways. While their softness makes them a favorite baby food, they can be crushed on toast for a healthy snack or used in salads either in slices or softened as a dressing to replace high-fat mayonnaise or other unhealthy salad dressings – guacamole has Avocados as their main ingredient after all. You can find a use for Avocados at every meal of the day!