Awhile ago, we are all afraid of the high-fat food, avocado. But now, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has re-evaluated the healthy fat content, and they are actually good for your health.
Did you know…
- 1/2 of a medium avocado has 114 calories, and 10 grams of fat.
- About 64% of the fat is monounsaturated, which lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Avocado gives you vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins B6, C, E, and K.
- Pairing avocados with other fruits and veggies helps with the uptake of carotenoids.
Tips: Pick avocados that are firm. Speed the three to four-day ripening process by storing them in a paper bag with a banana, away from direct sun.
Your Body & Avocado:
Your waistline – Research suggests that the monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) found in avocados help melt stubborn belly fat – yes, this is the fat that burns fat – and keep it off.
Your eyes – Avocados are one of the best sources of lutein, an antioxidant that promotes eye health and helps stave off macular degeneration.
Your brain – A diet rich in avocados’ MUFAs may boost memory and prevent mental decline.
Your heart – One study found that swapping foods high in saturated fat for an avocado a day cut “bad” cholesterol by 13 points.
Your blood sugar – Studies show that MUFAs-rich diets help regulate blood sugar levels just as effectively as conventional low-fat diets, reducing diabetes risk.
How to enjoy an avocado?
- Cut & mash an avocado, add a little salt and pepper, then spread it on toast. (Optional: top with slices of tomato or strawberry.)
- Whip avocado into smoothies
- Blend into salad dressings
- Add into egg dishes
- Add to salads
- Use to top a burger or in place of mayo on a sandwich
- Fill halved avocados with chopped veggies and serve as a side
- Drizzle slices with balsamic vinegar
Source: Eat Clean, Organic Facts