Today I want to talk about a food that I absolutely love. I mean, I love food in general, but this little beauty is a staple in my diet, and I want to share with you why it should be in yours too.
These little green gems hold so many benefits, if you’re not eating them at least a few times a week you’re really missing out.
* Avocado is a high fat food. In fact, 77% of the calories in an avocado are from fat, making it one of the fattiest plant foods on the planet.
This fat is a monounsaturated fat, which is the good fat also found in olive oil that helps boost heart health.
* Avocados really are a little nutrient goldmine. They contain 20 different vitamins and minerals including, Vitamin K, Folate, Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E.
* Per 100g avocado contains: 160g kcal, 2g protein and 15g of healthy fats. Although it contains 9g of carbs, 7g of these are from fibre, meaning there are only 2g “net” carbs making this a low carb plant food.
* As mentioned in the point above, avocados are packed with fibre. Fibre is indigestible plant matter which can contribute to weight loss, help digestion, reduce blood sugar spikes and is strongly linked to a lower risk of many diseases.
* Avocado is SO easy to incorporate into your diet. Sliced on top of salads, mashed up and used instead of mayonnaise, whizzed into guacamole, added to smoothies and shakes or blended into a salad dressing this little beauty is a versatile powerhouse.
* Avocado may help aid weight loss. I know many of you will be surprised to hear this due to the high fat and calorie content. However, much research has shown that the monounsaturated fatty acids in an avocado are much more likely to be used as slow burning energy than stored as body fat.
This steady energy and the feeling of fullness you get from eating an avocado is one of the reasons they are so good at reducing hunger and appetite. It’s also why including more foods in your diet that are high in healthy fats and less processed carbs makes such a big difference when you want to lose weight.
* Healthy eyes. Avocado contains lutein and zeaxanthin, two phytochemicals which are essential to eye health. These two carotenoids act as antioxidants in the eye and can minimise the damage and reduce the risk of age related degeneration.
Shall I carry on, or do I have you convinced?
Just one more…
* A diet high in avocado is good for your skin due to the way it’s fatty acids moisturise and soften your skin cells. When you eat an avocado you’re also giving your body a number of skin protecting antioxidants like beta carotene, Vitamin C and Vitamin E to prevent wrinkles and slow down visible signs of ageing.
So. Who’s going to start eating this amazing fruit more regularly?