By Laura Briggs
The humble avocado is more than it may first appear. Packed with health benefits, it’s surely a super food worth taking note of.
Native to Mexico and Central America, the avocado is a great food for keeping hunger at bay, and even giving a health boost. Although high in fat, the fats in avocados are healthy fats, or unsaturated, which are actually good for you and can even help in losing weight. The avocado is widely considered an aphrodisiac, so much so that the Aztecs used to lock up their virgin daughters during avocado harvesting, just to be on the safe side!
Other benefits of the avocado include:
With twice the potassium of bananas, vitamin E, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and a third of your daily vitamin K and folate intake in just one avocado, vitamin E, niacin and riboflavin, it’s certainly more than meets the eye!
Glutathione is present in avocados, which has been found to help prevent some forms of cancer. Research has discovered that extracts from Hass avocados can kill or stop the growth of pre-cancerous cells that lead to oral cancer, and avocado extract has also been found to slow down prostate cancer.
Lutein and zeaxanthin found in avocados can help prevent age-related macular degeneration and improve overall vision.
The folate levels in avocado can help with brain and nervous system development in unborn babies. If a pregnant woman eats avocados during pregnancy then she’s getting one of the best sources for some of the nutrients the baby needs.
Avocados are sodium and cholesterol-free, and are protected against pesticides due to their thick skins.
Due to avocado slowing down digestion, it prevents a spike in blood sugars following a meal.
Avocados are lush, and if you have some left over it makes a really good face mask. I didn't know they were an aphrodisiac though...might have to get me some more....!
Having just had an avacado for lunch, I can vouch that a puy lentil, watercress, bluecheese and avacado sandwich is out of this world!!
Avacados are very cheap in Lidl at the moment. Guessing they must be in season somewhere in the world.
yum, very fond of these if I can get the ripening right. Very filling too!