Avocado – The Next Super Fruit?

by Jen on June 15, 2012

You’ve heard that eating an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

But what about an avocado?

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I’ll admit, I was afraid of avocados for a long time.  After “low-fat” was drilled into my head for so many years, I shied away from avocados, thinking they would make me fat.

Sure, just one avocado contains 14 grams of fat, but that’s 14 grams of heart-healthy unsaturated fat, which is not the fat that will make you fat!

Want to hear about some of the other health benefits of avocado?  Sure you do.

  • Avocados promote eye health: remember a couple of weeks ago when I wrote about foods that promote eye health, well, avocados are one of them.  They are packed full of carotenoids such as lutein, which work as an antioxidant and help protect against eye diseases.
  •  Avocados fill you up: avocados are full of fibre – nearly 7 grams of fibre in one whole avocado.  Wow!  And that fibre is both soluble and insoluble, both of which are needed to keep the digestive system running smoothly.  Avocados also contain oleic acid, a fat that activates a part of your brain that makes you feel full.  I notice that when I eat 1/2 an avocado a day, I feel fuller longer and I don’t have any sugar cravings!
  • Avocados protect your heart: along with it’s high folate content, avocados also have been shown to reduce cholesterol, which help keep your heart healthy.
  • Avocados help us absorb nutrients: research has shown that certain nutrients are absorbed better when eaten with avocado.  For example, adding avocados to your salad can help you to absorb up to 5 times more nutrients than if you didn’t add avocado.

So what’s the best way to enjoy an avocado?

Personally, I like it in my side salad with dinner.  I usually consume about 1/3 of an avocado a few times a week.  Another way to enjoy this super fruit is to mash it up and spread it on your favorite quesadilla, or mix it with some hummus and use it as a dip for fresh veggies.

However you like to eat avocado, I highly recommend you make it a staple in your diet.

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