The superfood avocado is labelled as a superfood due to its very nutritious nature with many health-related benefits including significantly inhibited the production of the inflammatory compound Interleukin-6 (IL-6). A small UCLA-led pilot study found that eating one-half of a fresh medium Hass avocado with a hamburger (made with 90 percent lean beef) significantly inhibited the production of the inflammatory compound Interleukin-6 (IL-6) compared to eating a burger without fresh avocado.
Of the many varieties of avocado, the Hass avocado is the most popular.
The avocado did not become popular until the U.S. free trade agreement which allowed Mexico to export its avocados to the U.S. It did not take long for it to become one of Mexico’s leading exports. As a cash crop with a high-end value, it is now dubbed “green gold” and is a target of organized crime.
This fruit tree grows only on the sides of hills, not the top, not the valley, not on the plains, not in the desert sands, but only on the sides of hills. This along with its very specific climate and a large amount of water requirements limits the location where it can be grown.
Avocados are an Incredibly Nutritious Fruit
Avocados nutrients include some 20 different vitamins and minerals.
Some of the nutrients are: folate, potassium, vitamins; K, C, B5, B6, E, including trace amounts magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc, phosphorous and vitamins A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (niacin).
Avocados contain zero sodium or cholesterol while being low in saturated fat.
More potassium than bananas
40% more than bananas which are considered a source with a high level of potassium.
Monounsaturated Fatty Acids
Avocado is one of the fattiest plant foods on the planet with 77% of its calories being fat related. Oleic fats are monounsaturated fatty acids and is the main fat on avocados. Oleic acid is associated with reduced inflammation and benefits linked to cancer. Its oils are heat-induced resistance making it a healthy safe cooking oil.
Rich In Fiber
about 7% by weight is fiber. Most other foods are considerably lower than 7%. Weight loss and overall metabolic health is thought to be linked to fiber content.
Lower Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels
Many studies show an improvement in heart disease risk factors such as “bad” LDL and “good” HDL cholesterol, and blood triglycerides.
Help in Absorbing Nutrients From Other Plant Foods
Avocado or avocado oil consumed along with other vegetables can dramatically increase the number of antioxidants you take in from the other vegetables.
Lower your risk of macular degeneration and cataracts by absorbing the high level of the antioxidants zeaxanthin and lutein present in avocados.
Oil Extract May Help Relieve Symptoms of Arthritis
Unsaponifiables are oil extracts obtainable from avocados and soybeans which can reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Help you to lose weight
Feeling full longer is a major aide in promoting weight loss. Studies showed up to 30% longer satiety rate over a 5 hour period when avocados were included in their meal.
Include in Meals it’s Easy and Delicious
You can simply scoop out the fruit’s flesh and eat or add it to salads. You can top your burger or meat sandwich. Make guacamole dip and many more. Our Pinterest superfoods avocado board as it is loaded with avocado recipe suggestions.
Sources Apr 25, 2020