AN AVOCADO A DAY...
Not only are avocados a delicious snack (especially when combined with those magical few ingredients like tomato and onion and made into a tasty guacamole) but they are packed with healthy fats, nutrients and minerals that our good for our bodies both inside and out! Avocados provide us with an excellent source of fuel, and the healthy fats they contain are amazing for the skin and hair. Eating an Avocado a day is a really healthy way to ensure you keep that glowing youthful complexion! Originally from South America, Avocados are technically classified as large berries. Similar to bananas, they grow on trees and are ripest 1-2 weeks after being picked. These rich, creamy fruits are one of the most nutritionally beneficial as they’re full of the following vitamins and minerals:
- Vitamin B1
- Vitamin B2
- Vitamin B3
- Vitamin B5
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B9
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
But that’s not all. Did you know that avocados actually contain 4% more potassium than Bananas? Potassium is integral in keeping a stable level of electrolytes in the body, maintaining proper muscle function and can even effect heart function if not adequately maintained, which is particularly important in a physically active person. Avocados are also known to lower our “bad cholesterol” and raise our “good cholesterol.” They also lower blood Triglycerides, which are another type of fat the body uses to store excess energy from your diet. An abundance of this type of fat in the body has been linked to underlying diseases and genetic disorders. Avocados are also high in fiber, which improves the metabolism and controls blood sugar, helping you feel fuller longer. (Longer term, this will help you shed those last few winter pounds so you can rock that hot new bikini this summer!)
Avocados also contain 23% Folate. Folate is known to play an integral role in preventing the risk of birth defects, stroke and heart disease. The high level of Oleic Acid in avocados has also proven to help prevent breast cancer and slow tumor growth in prostate cancer. As if this wasn’t enough, these magical fruits are packed with an antioxidant called Glutathione that prevents heart disease, cancer, and slows down signs of aging. Kind of a no brainer, don’t you think?
Now, for the visible benefits. Feeling bloated or puffy? Avocados contain Pholyphenols and Flavonoids which have anti-inflammatory properties. As mentioned above, the healthy fats in avocado are extremely nourishing to the skin, and can be particularly beneficial in treating dryness or skin irritations like psoriasis. Also, in case you have a hot date later, avocados are known to cleanse the intestines, which relieves bad breath.
So, avocado on toast or in a smoothie for breakfast, in a salad for lunch, or smashed up into Guacamole at snack time? How will you get your delicious daily dose of avocado today? We’re thinking tacos for lunch!