Bravo Avocado !

If you don’t like avocado then maybe it’s time you did. Ridiculously healthy, seriously delicious and they can even help you lose weight.

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If you’re looking for a healthy food to eat everyday the search is over.

Apart from being packed with vitamins, minerals and good fats (the monounsaturated kind) they’re damn tasty.

Unless of course, you don’t find them tasty. Which is bad luck, quite frankly. It’s like not liking the taste of good coffee, red wine or cheese.

Anyway, this is why avocadoes are a go to.

Potassium superpower

Move over bananas.  Avocados are the rightful heirs to the potassium throne. Half an avocado has about 18% of your daily needs while bananas contain roughly 10%. Nothing wrong with bananas of course, but avocados can be overlooked as a potassium source.

Great, but why do we need potassium again?

Basically it reduces high blood pressure, protects us against strokes and helps muscle and nerve contractions.

Of course!

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Healthy fats, healthy you

Like nuts, avocados are often dismissed by the intellectually challenged as “too fatty”. Well Einsteins, you can’t have too much of a good thing.

About 75% of an avocado’s fat is the good stuff – mono and polyunsaturated. These go to work in lowering cholesterol levels and protecting against heart disease.

Nutrition overload

Our bodies love fibre and are quite fond of antioxidants. This is where avocados come in – they’re full of them.

Fibre is not only good for your digestive system but plays a big part in maintaining healthy bowels.

Antioxidants help keep diseases and illnesses in check, such as cancers, diabetes and heart disease.

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I’m full, thanks

Avocados are a filling snack due to their rich creaminess. By including some avocado between main meals lessens the chance of overeating and helps weight control. A classic healthy food to lose weight.

If however you’re looking to put on weight, never mind. Find someone who may overeat and badger them with this handy hint.

Nutrients magnet

It’s all well and good to consume plenty of vitamins and minerals but if combined with avocados they’re more readily absorbed and put to more use.

The good people at Ohio State University conducted a study focused on the absorption of vitamins if eaten with avocados. They found that people absorbed between 2 and 4 times the amount of nutrients if they included avocados than those that didn’t.

Now that we’re clear they’re good for us it’s time to start wolfing them down. And herein lies the joy.

Avocados are pretty much good with anything, anytime.

Throw them onto your toast, into your scrambled eggs, salads, pastas and sandwiches. Definitely pack them into your tacos, nachos and burritos.

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Everyone’s doing it!

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Try this excellent and simple avocado recipe from Japan – a country you may not immediately associate with avocado action.

Maguro Tuna Avocado Salad:

  • Cut fresh slices of raw maguro tuna. Raw salmon also works well. Roughly 200g works well for two people.
  • Add avocado slices then sprinkle the mix lightly with soy sauce.
  • Next add slices of onion, lettuce or leek then mix together adding salt as required.
  • Finally squeeze lemon juice over the salad, mixing in the ingredients.

Stand back and admire your handiwork. Look at how healthy it is, plus you just know it’ll taste good.

Wolf it down. You’re welcome.

The health benefits of avocados are to be applauded. The taste and recipe versatility is outstanding.

You could waffle on for hours to someone about avocadoes at a party but there’s really no need.

Just point them in the direction of the nearest guacamole and if there isn’t any, start making some.

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