Aug 11th, 2015
Avocados are a Super Food
By, Mark Wine CSCS; NASM PT, PES, CES
Nicknamed “Alligator Pear” avocados should be considered a super food. This tropical fruit has been linked to numerous health benefits. Here is a list of reasons you should eat this fruit:
Cholesterol… Avocados are loaded with healthy monounsaturated fats, about 30 grams per fruit. Although this number seems high, this fat crushes unhealthy LDL cholesterol levels, which lead to clogged arteries, while preserving HDL cholesterol. Another cholesterol fighter is the plant based chemical “beta-sitosterol.” This chemical has been linked to stopping the absorption of cholesterol into the intestines.
Antioxidants… avocados are loaded with Vitamin C, glutathione, and E, which both can decrease dangerous free radicals within the blood. Free radicals attack the cells and can lead to increased disease and sickness from immune system dysfunction. Ingesting a plentiful amount of free radicals can help boost immunity and decrease illness. Glutathione has shown promising results in fighting oral and throat cancers.
Lower Blood Pressure… avocados contain nearly two and a half times the amount of potassium as a single banana. Potassium has been linked to lower blood pressure in active adults. It is important to mention that avocados are loaded with magnesium. Research has been varied, but magnesium has shown promising signs of decreasing blood pressure. In theory, magnesium can loosen up blood vessels and allow from easier blood flow. Although studies have been mixed, ingesting magnesium through avocados can’t hurt. Besides, magnesium, fiber and potassium help eliminate the likelihood of strokes.
Blood Sugar… Avocados are loaded healthy fat, loaded!! Too much is a bad thing. However, avocados reduce the amount of triglycerides in your blood. Triglycerides are unhealthy saturated fats that store unused calories within the blood. Triglycerides are usually linked up with high starchy foods and vegetable oils / animal fats. Either way, eating avocados, or using in place of high amounts of carbohydrates, can decrease triglycerides and reduce your fat levels significantly.
Avocados should be considered a super food. Not only are they superior in health, but they are superior in flavor. Here is a fantastic recipe that can help you add avocado into your diet, and bring it on the go for a boost of protein and healthy fats:
Avocado Deviled Eggs
6 eggs, boiled and sliced in half, yolks removed
1 avocado, mashed
⅛ cup red onion, minced (try green onions if you do not like red onions)
1-2 roasted garlic cloves, mashed (depending on your taste for garlic)
½ lemon juiced
Touch of fresh cracked black pepper
1. Mix the avocado and the ingredients below well
2. Stuff them into the shells of the eggs
3. Chill in the refrigerator and serve