Avocado Among the Most Super of Superfoods
28 Nov 2015
It is common knowledge that proper nutrition is crucial to overall wellness and the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, our stores and restaurants seem to be stocking processed and nutritionally deficient foods at an ever increasing rate. It’s easy to make poor dietary choices and chalk it up as a necessity of convenience or finance. When overwhelmed by the minefield of available junk food, it can be helpful to remember that there are still a number of nutritionally prolific foods still available in virtually every produce section in America. Many of which require little to no preparation in order to enjoy. One such superfood is the avocado.
Some people actually minimize their consumption of avocado based on it’s high fat content. However, doctors and nutritionists are increasingly vocalizing the importance of certain fats to the pursuit of complete and adequate nutrition. Approximately three quarters of the calories in an avocado come from omega 3 fatty acids, which are precisely the kind of fats with which we should be seeking to fuel our bodies.
Antioxidants are indispensable in the body’s’ battle against aging, disease and environmental contaminants. Avocados happen to be loaded with beta-carotene and lycopene, antioxidants which help to protect us on a cellular level.
They are more dense in protein than most other fruits and vegetables, making them an important staple for people on an all vegetarian diet seeking balanced nutrition. Interestingly, avocados also contain more potassium per gram than bananas, and potassium is just one of the laundry list of essential vitamins and minerals contained within this unique fruit.
Peruse the ingredients of many natural dietary supplements, and you’ll frequently find avocado or avocado derivatives on the list. This is for good reason; it’s an excellent source of magnesium, which, astoundingly is a mineral that is essential to over 300 known biochemical reactions in the human body. Avocados are also high in fiber, Vitamin E, riboflavin, Vitamin K, folate, and Vitamin B6.
Regular consumption of avocados is believed to combat the onset of metabolic syndrome, which is often a precursor to heart disease. An added benefit to the heart is that avocado helps to lower bad cholesterol.
While it’s not the best for greasing a pan, avocado can be used in myriad recipes as a substitute for butter and other fattier or more processed ingredients. Consider the occasional experiment with using avocado as a replacement for cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, sauces or dressings.