Avocado – a Superfood for Optimal Health

Avocado – a Superfood for Optimal Health

Did you know that Avocado is regarded as a Superfood because of its powerful beneficial health benefits?

It is regularly called “alligator pear” and the most popular type is the HASS Avocado.

It is rich in healthy monounsaturated fatty acids important for a healthy heart. The majority of fat in avocado is oleic acid, also a main component in olive oil.

A recent study published in 2013 in the Nutrition Journal, reports that eating half of an avocado can keep you satisfied for longer and reduce your need to snack following a meal meaning that there’s more potential to burn fat.

This creamy superfood also helps to regulate your blood sugar, keeping it stable. Your blood sugar determines whether you store fat or burn it.

Avocado is rich in nearly 20 different vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients including:

  • Vitamin K which plays an essential role in blood clotting and is important for strong bones as well as other bodily processes.
  • Vitamin E (also known as, Tocopherol), an antioxidant which protects from free radical damage. There is evidence that vitamin E may protect against heart disease
  • Vitamin C which promotes healing and is important for the health of the skin, connective tissue and bones. It also helps the body absorb iron.
  • B vitamins which are important for converting food into energy and the proper functioning of the nervous as well as the digestive system.
  • Dietary fibre which  is important for a healthy digestive system,  it helps to keep the bowels moving along nicely preventing constipation. It also helps provide a feeling of satiety.
  • Iron which carries oxygen throughout your body so cells can make energy
  • Magnesium which is important for the contraction and relaxation of muscles as well as other important bodily processes.
  • Potassium which is important for a healthy blood pressure and bones as well as reducing the risk of kidney stones

Adding half of this superfood to your regular lunch can make you feel full and satisfied.

Here are four ways you can incorporate avocado into your diet

  • Eat it right out of the peel on its own as a snack.
  • Add some avocado slices to your salad.
  • Add it to your smoothie for extra creaminess.
  • Use it to make some yummy guacamole.

A Yummy Recipe With Avocado

Do you eat avocado? How do you incorporate it into your diet?

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