Yes to my surprise and probably yours, the avocado is technically a berry.
The avocado is said to be one of the world’s healthiest food.
Even though avocado’s have carotenoids themselves, when added to salads, or side servings of carrots, or tomato sauce the avocado has been shown to increase carotenoid absorption from all. Anywhere from two to six times as much absorption was found to occur with the added avocado! But in addition to this increased absorption was a much less anticipated result in a recent study: not only did avocado improve carotenoid absorption, but it also improved conversion of specific carotenoids (most importantly, beta-carotene) into active Vitamin A.
I know for myself this sounds all good , but really what does that mean. Vitamin A helps in promoting skin and mucosal tissue growth and repair. Promotes strong healthy hair and is and important nutrient for improving vision.
This is not the only vitamin that the avocado gives to you. It is also rich in C, E, K, B-6, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium,and Potassium. The potassium is more than what a single banana offers.
Because of these awesome nutrients the avocado is excellent for reducing heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.
As mentioned earlier avocado,s are a superior eye health fruit. Containing Lutein and Zeaxanthin, which are carotenoids that enable the reduction of cataracts and macular degeneration.
The potassium intake is linked to reducing your blood pressure.
For me the nicest thing about avocado’s is, that they taste great.
Avocado has clearly been shown to provide a wide variety of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients. Included here are both conventional nutrients like manganese, vitamin C, and vitamin E, as well as phytonutrients like unique carotenoids, flavonoids, and phytosterols.. In terms of the whole body, however, and its many key physiological systems, the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of avocado have been tested primarily in the lab or in animal studies. For example, numerous animal studies have looked at the impact of avocado intake on risk of inflammation in connective tissue and have speculated about the potential benefits of avocado for reducing human arthritis risk. Because of the promising nature of these preliminary studies, we look forward to new research involving large numbers of human participants and intake of avocado in a weekly meal plan.
Some different ways to add avocado’s to your meals;
Stuffed; You can add any of your favorite foods including, tuna, chicken, fruits, vegetables, cottage cheese are a few examples.
Begin by removing a small amount of avocado out of the middle and replace it with your favorite foods.
Scrambled Eggs; Dice up your avocado and add to your scrambled when they are abut half cooked. By adding them then you will avoid burning the avocado.
Substitute for Mayo; Replace the mayo when making Tuna, Egg, or Chicken Salads.
Fries; Avocado slices can be deep fried or baked, making a delicious and healthy substitute for regular fries.
Substitute in desserts; You can replace butter, shortening and eggs. One cup of oil or butter equals one cup of avocado. One egg equals 2-4 tablespoons of mashed avocado.
These are just a few ideas of what can be done with avocado’s. if you have some be sure to share.
As you can see, there are many beneficial reasons to add avocado’s to your meal planning and many different ways to add them in.