Health Benefits of Avocados

Avocados are the belles of the fruit and vegetable ball. It took some time for them to hit their stride, but now everybody wants them. They’re beautiful, likeable and make you feel good. As their belle status implies, they’re also very popular; they get along well with salad dishes, Mexican meals and snack chips. They’re also rich in monounsaturated fats and promote good skin.

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This week, I’m focusing on avocados. These delicious fruits only entered my life two years ago, but I wasted no time in finding ways to eat them. That’s why you can look forward to some avocado recipes coming later this week.

So, why eat avocados?

  • They’re rich in healthy monounsaturated fats (the good fats), which help lower cholesterol and reduce fat (hello, flat belly…?). But don’t eat too many of them: they’re high in calories, so you’ve got to eat controlled portions, as with all foods.
  • They offer 35% of your vitamin K quota and 30% of your daily recommended dose of fibre (thank you, Whole Foods).
  • Avocados are heart-heatlhy thanks to their folate offering.
  • This rich, creamy fruit increases the body’s ability to absorb carotenoids found in our favourite vegetables (add avocados to this delicious cucumber, tomato and olive oil salad).
  • Finally, something that has potassium! This mineral helps your body maintain a healthy blood pressure.

Avocados take some time to ripen and then they spoil quickly and easily. Buy 2 to 3 of them and check back here for more healthy recipes and ways to eat these delicious fruits before they go bad. Yum!

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