The Benefits of Avocados

Avocados are creamy delicious foods filled with goodness! If you aren’t already eating them everyday, you should start now. Not only are they extremely satisfying in the taste department, but they also contribute to your head to toe wellness. That’s simply too good to pass up!

They’re the good kind of fat.

No you won’t get fat eating avocados. If you haven’t already realized, the myth of avoiding foods rich in fats has been debunked. There are good fats and bad fats, and it’s obvious that the all natural avocado is a good source of monounsaturated fat, the kind that’s found in olive oil that helps boost heart health. What’s even better is that the fat and fiber rich avocados also help curb your hunger and help you feel satisfied for longer.

They are nature’s nutrient bombs

It’s what’s on the inside that counts right? Well avocados provide you with a nutritional goldmine as well. In addition to the good fats, avocados pack many health-boosting nutrients such as 14 minerals, protein, 18 essential amino acids, soluble fiber, phyosterols, polyphenols, carotenoids, omega 3s, vitamins B-complex, C,E and K, to name a few.

Think long-term health

The best approach to take when it comes to your health is the long-term approach. The nutrients found in avocados help you feel fuller longer, supply your brain with nutrients to keep it functioning optimally and protect your body from heart disease, diabetes, cancer, degenerative eye and brain diseases. With benefits like these its easy to see why its called a superfood.

You can combine them with anything

Their distinct green fresh flavor and creamy texture helps them pair well with just about anything! What’s truly remarkable is that research also indicates that avocados help with the absorption of carotinoids, the compounds found in orange and red fruits and veggies that help protect against cancer. So go ahead, add some avocado to your salad, smoothie, guacamole, salad dressing, and don’t forget the avocado toast!

Treat them right and they’ll return the favor

We can’t talk about avocados without mentioning the struggle that is waiting for one to ripen. There’s no doubt that it is tricky to know when an avocado is ready to be used in tonight’s dinner. To expedite the ripening process, seal one or two avocados at a time into a brown paper bag, along with an apple or banana. Over the course of 2-3 days the brown-bagged fruit will release gasses which will aid the ripening process. Remove the ripe avocado and replace with a firm one, reseal the bag and repeat!