Eat More Avocado

 

Quick facts:

  • 138 calories and 14.1g fat in half a ‘medium-sized’ avocado

  • Packed with carotenoids – a great source of lutein, a carotenoid that works as an antioxidant and helps protect against eye disease. They also contain the related carotenoids zeaxanthin, alpha-carotene and beta-carotene, as well as tocopherol (vitamin E). Carotenoids are lipophilic (soluble in fat, not water) they also help you get more of these nutrients from other foods!

  • Half an avocado contains 3.4 grams of fiber, including soluble and insoluble – keeps the digestive system running smoothly. Soluble fiber slows the breakdown of carbohydrates in your body, keeping you full longer.

  • Contain oleic acid, a fat that activates the part of your brain that makes you feel full.

  • Can help stabilize blood sugar – avocado slows digestion and helps keep blood sugar from spiking after a meal

  • One cup of avocado provides almost a quarter of your recommended daily intake of folate

  • Avocados could help keep your heart healthy – the oleic acid in avocados can help reduce cholesterol levels

 

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Avocado Seeds

  • In Mexico, the seeds are used in traditional medicine to: treat skin rashes / diarrhea / dysentery caused by amoebas / to cure infectious processes caused by fungi and bacteria / and for the treatment of asthma / high blood pressure / and rheumatism!

There are lots of videos on you tube showing the many ways people use the seed of the avocado, it appears this decision would be up to the individual.

Here is a link to an article about the seeds that you might find useful https://www.top10homeremedies.com/news-facts/10-surprising-benefits-of-avocado-seeds.html

 

It is well worth finding ways to get avocados into your diet

I use avocado as a toast spread or in place of butter on sandwiches /

my absolute favourite is making ‘egg salad with NO mayo’! - (delicious!)

A quick search on line will bring up endless ideas for you.

ENJOY☺

Monica Nouhan