Avocado The Superfood

We've already introduced you to Kale and Cauliflower, now it's time to meet our next superfood - the avocado. If you haven’t already jumped on the avocado train, our discussion below should push you right on. Avocado is a highly nutritious pear-shaped fruit known for its great flavor and rich texture. The fruit contains incredible health benefits, and can be easily incorporated into your daily diet.

There are many types of avocados. They differ in size and shape, and even color. The most common and popular type is the Hass avocado, which you will most likely find in your grocery store.

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Health Benefits:

Avocado contains an abundance of nutrients like vitamins C, E and K, as well as potassium. One serving of avocado contains 14% of the recommended daily value of potassium. That’s more than the value in a banana. High potassium intake can reduce blood pressure, which can reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure.

Avocado also has a high amount of heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acids (good fat). This fat helps increase the nutrient value of other plants you are eating. It helps you absorb the antioxidants and various nutrients in vegetables. Avocados contain oleic acid which is a heart healthy fat that reduces inflammation. Eating avocado has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels significantly.

Incorporating avocado into your diet:

Avocados are healthy and quite delicious, so incorporating them into your diet should be easy. Avocados are high in fiber, which leaves you feeling full and can speed up your metabolism. It helps you eat fewer calories and makes it easier to stick to your diet.

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Avocado is a low carb food, which helps promote weight loss. Avocado can be added to various salads and recipes, or it can be eaten plain. The creamy texture allows for easy blending with other ingredients. Here is an easy guacamole recipe to try out. Avocados are an amazing superfood. They’re weight loss friendly, incredibly healthy and absolutely delicious.

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Tell us, how do you eat avocados?

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