Would you believe that the avocado is considered by many nutritional experts to be a perfect food? It’s considered a superfood by many.
Surprise, it’s not really a vegetable, it’s a fruit. In areas south of the border, it’s often called the alligator pear because of its shape and dark green roughly textured skin.
Though avocados are heavy in calories, those are nutrient dense calories, and the fats are heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and omega-3. Besides actually being healthy, there are many ways to enjoy avocado, from a few guacamole recipes to mixing into salads and to using it as a meat substitute for sandwiches.
It may be ideal to always buy organic, but you don’t have to with avocados. So far none are GMO, and the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has non-organic avocados in their “clean 15″ list with mostly no detectable pesticide residue (http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/).
Avocado’s health benefits
(1) Healthy brain: Dr. Daniel G. Amen, author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life considers avocados as one of the top brain-healthy foods that can help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. The folate in avocado contributes to preventing the formation of brain tangles that are considered a factor for Alzheimer’s.
Avocados combine brain healthy omega-3 fatty acids with natural vitamin E, which has been clinically proven to prevent Alzheimer’s disease from progressing and even reversing it in its earliest stages.
(2) Healthy heart: Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats that boost heart health and help lower blood pressure. Avocado monounsaturated fats contain the phytonutrient beta-sitosterol, which was clinically proven to lower LDL and triglyceride blood levels while raising HDL.
Avocados’ vitamin B6 and the natural folic acid from their high amount of folate help regulate homocysteine, which if high is a harbinger of bad heart health. The natural vitamin E and the master antioxidant glutathione in a base of avocado’s monounsaturated fat’s oleic acid are also recognized heart health boosters…
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