It is difficult for me to believe that up until 3 years ago when I first discovered the raw food diet, I had never eaten an avocado. Now I rarely go a day without eating at least one – sometimes more although I do try to limit them!
I add them to salads, use them to make cheesecakes and deserts and best of all just spoon their lovely creaminess out of their skins and eat them naked. Yummy.
Apart from their scrumminess they are exceedingly good for us and have the following numerous health benefits:-
- Lower Cholesterol – they are high in beta-sitosterol, a compound that has been shown to lower cholesterol levels. In one study 45% of volunteers experienced an average drop in cholesterol of 17% after eating avocados for only one week.
- Breast Cancer Protection – Avocado like olive oil is high in oleic acid, which has been shown to prevent breast cancer in numerous studies.
- Eye Health – Avocados have more of the carotenoid lutein than any other commonly eaten fruit. Lutein protects against macular degeneration and cataracts, two disabling age related eye-diseases.
- Heart Health – One cup of avocado has 23% of the recommended daily value of folate. Studies show that people who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower incidence of heart disease than those who don’t. The vitamin E, monosaturated fats and glutathione in avocado are also great for your heart.
- Stroke prevention – The high levels of folate are also protective against strokes. People who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower risk of stroke than those who don’t.
- Prostate Cancer protection – Avocados have been shown to inhibit the growth of prostate cancer.
- Oral Cancer defence – Research has shown that certain compounds in avocados are able to seek out pre-cancerous and cancerous oral cancer cells and destroy them without harming healthy cells.
- Better Nutrient Absorbtion – Research has found that certain nutrients are absorbed better when eaten with avocados. In one study, when participants ate a salad containing avocado, they absorbed five times the amount of carotenoids than those who didn’t eat avocado.
- Glutathione Source – Avocados are an excellent source of glutathione, an important antioxidant that researchers say is important in preventing aging, cancer and heart disease.
- Vitamin E Source – Avocados are the best fruit source of vitamin E, an essential vitamin that protects against many diseases and helps maintain overall health.
Wow – who knew that these little green fruits were such powerhouses of health?? as well as being so scrummy (think I may have already mentioned that!!) They are definately a keeper for me and writing about them is making me hungry so I think I may go and track one down for a mid morning snack!!
Todays food has/will be:-
Orange, grapefruit, celery, spinach and banana smoothie
Orange, grapefruit and banana smoothie
Apples and mandarins
Salad with lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, carrots, beetroot, cucumber and of course avocados.
1/2 pineapple and kiwis
Todays exercise has/will be :-
Ashtanga yoga self practice – full.
An early post today as hubby and I are off to Oxford to see Ronan Keating in concert tonight. It is with a little trepidation that I am going mind as I used to go and see bands like AC/DC and the Stranglers and going to see Ronan seems a little unadventurous and old – sorry Ronan, I’m sure you will be great!! Mind you my avocados are said to prevent aging so maybe I’ll have a few extra before I go and it will negate the whole Ronan experience for me!!??
Thanks for reading……….