Avocados not only have a wonderful flavor, but their texture and nutritional value are outstanding! Avocados contain several, nearly 20 nutrients, such as folic acid, B-vitamins, Vitamin E, fiber and potassium. An average size avocado has more potassium than a medium sized banana.
Avocados contain a monounsaturated fat that can help lower cholesterol. They are a good source of potassium, that can help to regulate your blood pressure, and can help protect against heart disease or stroke. Folate can help lower your risk of a heart attack.
An important antioxidant in avocados called Lutein can help lower the risk of eye diseases, can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration, can help your eyes stay healthy, and can also help your skin.
Although there are over 500 varieties of avocados, the Hass avocado is the most available. The Hass avocado contains phytonutrients (chemicals in plants apart from vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients) that have a beneficial effect in the body. There are hundreds, if not thousands of them, and they have effects such as antioxidants, boosting the immune system, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and cellular repair which can increase the amount of free radicals in pre-cancerous and cancerous oral cell lines.
When selecting your avocados from the grocery store, the ripe avocado will be slightly soft. If you pick harder, firmer avocados, you can let them ripen at room temperature. Once you slice your avocado, you will need to keep it in the refrigerator wrapped in plastic. If you sprinkle few drops of lemon juice on the slices, it will help prevent browning.
You may have heard “avocados are fattening”…well, they do have a high fat content, higher than most other fruits, but 2/3 of the fat grams are monounsaturated fats, which are the “good fats”.
So, now that you know all of this wonderful information about avocados, lets talk about how we should eat them! For breakfast, I like to mash up an avocado, add some pepper and eat with eggs. A lot of people cut avocado into cubes and toss in their salad. I prefer putting a few slices on the side of a low calorie meal, such as turkey breast or lean steak.
Now, I have saved my favorite for last! Guacamole! I just love this! It is very easy to make, and you can spread it on top of eggs, toast, or have as a wonderful tasty dip. Try dipping some apple slices, celery, or carrot sticks!
The Power Blast!
Calories: one cup sliced 235 calories
Protein: 2.89 g
Fiber: 7.30 g
Sugars: 1.31 g
Vitamin C: 11.53 mg
Calcium: 16.06 mg
Cholesterol: 0.00 mg
Potassium: 875.54 mg
Sodium: 14.60 mg
Saturated Fat: 32.02
Have fun losing weight while you are eating your new power food!