Avocados – the world’s most perfect food?
Did you know that the avocado has been described by many nutritionists as the world’s most perfect food? Few people seem to be aware just how good for you Avocados actually are, and worse still, it appears that many actually avoid them as they are seen to be calorie dense and therefore ‘fattening’. Well, in Dr Tim’s home we love Avocados and try and incorporate them into our meals as often as possible. Of course, being vegetarians, that is pretty easy for us. We would love you to enjoy these amazing fruits as well.
Avocados are indeed fantastic fruits with loads of amazing nutritional benefits. One great feature is that they are a great source of glutathione, which is an extremely powerful antioxidant, cleansing and protecting your body by destroying free-radicals and helping to remove heavy metals. Furthermore, Glutathione helps maintain a healthy immune system. We also especially love the fact that Avocados slow the aging process being rich in folate, which reduces heart disease and strokes. They are also the best fruit source of Vitamin E, protecting against many diseases and helping maintain overall health.
The Avacado’s fantastic Stats.
If one eats on average, one half an avocado (average size) per day, then this correlates to much higher levels of very important nutrients. A study showed that these people receive 36% more dietary fiber, 23% more vitamin E, 13% more magnesium, 16% more potassium and 48% more vitamin K than non-consumers. These avocado lovers also have much higher intakes of “good” fats than non-consumers whilst their average caloric intake of both groups is the same. Subsequently, these people benefit from lower body mass index (BMI) values and they even have smaller waist measurements (average of 4 cm smaller)! Another advantage is that avocado consumers have been shown to have higher HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels, and importantly today, the study found that avocado consumers reduced their chances of developing metabolic syndrome by 50%.
Well, I hope you are convinced. And, not only is this delicious fruit packed with nutrients, but studies have also shown that certain nutrients are absorbed better when eaten with an avocado.
So why not enjoy an avocado on a sandwich, in a salad, or perhaps blended into a smoothie.?Make them part of your healthy lifestyle and enjoy them without feeling guilty.