Avocado: breaking down one of the OG superfoods
It’s no secret that avocados have been in the top superfoods list for a while now but do they really live up to the hype or do they just have a really great PR team? Let’s break down all the goodness these little green gems have to offer!
They’re loaded with heart healthy fats: FAT (the good kind) is back baby! The misguided belief that fat is bad for you is soooo 80’s. In fact 77% of avocados calories come from healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. These fats have numerous health benefits including boosting cardiovascular health + brain function, promoting insulin sensitivity, stabilizing cholesterol levels, regulating fat metabolism and reducing inflammation!
They’re a nutritional gold mine: Avocados contain 20 vitamins and minerals including all 18 essential amino acids, potassium, folate, b-complex and polyphenols (antioxidants) to name a few. They’re also rich in both soluble + insoluble fiber!
They help absorb nutrients more efficiently: It doesn’t matter how many nutrients you consume if you don’t absorb them effectively! The fat in avocados help you absorb fat soluble vitamins A, D, E + K as well as carotenoids (antioxidants found in green leafy vegetables, pumpkin, carrots, red peppers and so on). So not only is eating avocado healthy for you in and of itself, it also helps increase the nutritional value of the other plant foods you pair it with!
Avocados are also super versatile and pair well with so many other foods. You can add some to your smoothie to up the creamy factor, blend with lemon juices and spices for some delish homemade salad dressing, smoosh some up, top with EBTB seasoning and spread onto your toast. Heck there are even some amazing brownie and cake recipes out there that include this super fruit!! The options are AVO-CONTROL!!
Final takeaway: Avocados totally live up to the hype and I’m thinking they’re gonna keep their superfood title for the extended future! What’s your fav way to enjoy this OG powerhouse?!