Avocados, much like oranges and apples, are available to Americans throughout the year because they are grown locally, specifically in Florida and California. An evergreen plant originating from Mexico, avocados were used by European sailors as a substitute for butter. True enough, avocado, to this day, is most often used in dips like guacamole because of its characteristic creamy texture. But aside from its delectable taste, avocados offer a host of nutritional advantages.
Continue reading and discover more about the benefits of avocados and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends this vegetable.
The avocado is quite known for its high fat content. This is perhaps the reason many weight conscious individuals steer clear of the fruit. Indeed, the fruit does have considerable amounts of fat. However, the type of fat is the important issue and this vegetable contains both monounsaturated and saturated fats. Monounsaturated fats, which the fruit has in great abundance since it has as much as 30 grams per piece, are actually hailed for its ability to lower the levels of triglycerides that block the arteries.
Individuals like diabetics who have high triglyceride levels in the body may see their triglyceride levels fall by as much as 20% by eating a piece or two of avocado daily.
Avocado is a potent source of folate as well, with one piece of fruit providing as much as 28% of the daily recommended intake for this nutrient. Aside from ensuring optimum brain function and health of the nerve endings, folate is also hailed as very important for pregnant women as the vitamin helps prevent abnormalities to the brain and spine of a developing fetus.
Potassium is another nutrient that’s abundant in avocado. Functioning as an electrolyte in the body, potassium is essential for optimal muscle contraction. A properly balanced potassium levels in the body helps prevent high blood pressure as well as osteoporosis, especially in elderly women.
Avocado has shown potential for preventing or alleviating depression as well. In a study conducted by the University of Oxford’s Department of Psychiatry, it was found that patients suffering from depression showed improvements after being fed a diet high in tryptophan, a type of amino acid. As you’ve guessed, avocado is one kind of food that is rich in tryptophan, much like organic cottage cheese, bananas, and seafood like wild salmon, trout, tilapia or flounder.
Avocado Practical Uses:
The manner by which you peel the avocado can spell a difference to your health. Research has shown that nutrients are mostly abundant in the dark green portion of the avocado meat near the skin. To maximize the fruit’s healthful goodness, first slice the avocado lengthwise with a fruit knife and separate the halves to take out the seed. Slice each of the halves afterwards and peel the skin like you would a banana.
Also, it’s always best to use all the avocados that you slice and peel. If this is not possible, squeeze some lemon juice onto the avocado and keep the fruit in an airtight food container or zipper storage bag before putting in the refrigerator to minimize discoloration of the fruit.
Lastly, liven up your usual salads and sandwiches by adding avocado slices whenever you can. Because the fruit provides that delectably smooth and creamy texture, you can then steer clear of the usual harmful sandwich or salad add-ons like processed cheeses.
In the next post, I’ll tell you the benefits of olives that will help you in your quest to Become Superhuman.
In the meantime, if you care to jump ahead, here is a complete listing of the vegetables on Superhuman Food Pyramid:
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