The avocado – definitely on the “world’s healthiest foods” list

The versatile avocado fruit is highly appreciated in South American cuisines, and is the main ingredient of the famous “guacamole” dish

Originated from Mexico and Central America, this creamy, buttery fruit comes from the Lauraceae family and is related with bay laurel, camphor and cinnamon. The avocado (Persea americana, also known as the “butter fruit” or “alligator pear”) is rather unique for its good flavor and rich texture.

Vitamins A, K, C, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, E, folate, potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc and phosphorus make this odd looking fruit very appreciated among people who want to adopt a healthy diet.

Often referred to as a “super-food”, the avocado is a low-carb, very high in mono-unsaturated healthy fats, loaded with fiber, naturally nutrient-dense food, including 20 different vitamins and minerals and providing numerous beneficial effects on health:

  • Avocados contain more potassium than bananas, a nutrient that helps maintain electrical gradients of cells, proven to reduce blood pressure, preventing stroke.

  • Avocado is loaded with high healthy fat. The oleic acid is a mono-unsaturated fatty acid that has beneficial effects in reducing inflammation.

  • Rich in fiber, avocados can be a consistent part of a weigh-losing diet. Fiber foods stave away hunger, prevent constipation, detox the body and regulate metabolism and blood sugar levels. Also, dietary fiber may also play an important role regarding the immune system and inflammation normal physiology.

  • Its powerful antioxidants also protect the eyes. Lutein and Zeaxanthin carotenoids are linked to a reduced risk of cataracts and macular degeneration.

Tasteful and delicious, avocados are very easy to incorporate in a diet, as they are weight loss friendly due to the low-carb, high fiber and fat content. If you want a boost of nutrient value of other foods that you eat, avocado can do that too.

What are the profits that the human body gets from the “alligator fruit”?

  • Considering unhealthy fats, avocado lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels, therefore it decreases heart disease risk, by providing cardiovascular support.

  • High amounts of avocado’s vitamin K can prevent osteoporosis, as it can improve bone calcium absorption and reduce urinary calcium excretion.

  • High levels of folate that the fruit contains have been shown to protect the body against colon, stomach, pancreatic and cervical cancer. Another benefit of high levels of folate is a lowered risk of depression, while regulating mood, sleep and appetite.

Either you use it chopped, as a garnish of the main meal of the day, mixed with other vegetables in salads, in traditional “guacamole” or you prefer it spread on a big piece of bread, now you can enjoy one of the world’s healthiest foods knowing its indisputable benefits and long term positive effects on your daily diet.