Sometimes when you look at a particular fruit you can just see it’s beautifying properties. Take an avocado for example. The earthy, rough subtle edges of the avocado’s skin that peels away revealing the creamy, buttery, smooth texture of its interior fruit.
Seriously, my mouth is already watering…
But, what you may not know though is how good avocados actually are for you. So, let me share with you some things I’ve learned along the way to my avocado obsession. If you’ve been following the blog, by now you know how I truly feel about the incredible, edible avocado.
1. Avocados are loaded with tons of vitamins. The contain large amounts of vitamin C, E, B5, B6, K, folate and fiber, and have more potassium then bananas. They are also high in antioxidants like Lutein and Zeaxanthin, which help to protect your eyesight from deteriorating as you get older. Avocados have one of the highest amino acid contents of all fruit, helping to build protein in the body and strengthen your bones.
2. The fat in avocados help you absorb nutrients from other low fat plant foods. When you eat them along side a salad or in a smoothie the fat from the avocado actually helps to break down the macro and micronutrients in the plant foods you eat along with it. This makes them much easier for your body to absorb, digest and assimilate.
4. Avocados help with digestion. Eating an avocado daily along with plenty of fiber rich vegetables really helps to regulate your digestive system and keeps things regular. Think of the way a smooth avocado moves through your digestive track. The fat properties of an avocado differs greatly from other sources of fat in the way your body absorbs them making avocados stand out as one of the most easily and cleanly digestible higher fat foods on the planet.
5. Avocados improve skin tone and texture. Avocado oil is close in composition to our natural skin oil and its abundant monounsaturated fats are ideal for skin moisture and rejuvenation. Avocados contain an abundance of carotenoids that significantly protect your skin from the visible signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles, improving your skin’s density, thickness, tone and appearance. You can also put avocado oil directly on rough patches of your skin or in your hair and use it as a deep moisturizer.
6. Avocados have the added benefit of satiating your appetite helping you to feel fuller and stay satisfied longer. Avocados are high in both fiber and dense, monounsaturated Omega-9 fats. The combination of the two creates a powerful appetite tamer. So load up on those clean sources of fat my friends. Avocados top my list and should top yours also!
So, here’s to the incredible, edible avocado!