I don't know about you, but in the past I was not all that familiar with avocados. They come from trees that are native to central Mexico. I never paid that much attention to them. My wife has used them from time to time for various meals in the kitchen.
Last night my wife was reading from a website article on the health diaries website. She was reading about the health benefits of avocados. Here's an amazing discovery that was mentioned in the article: Avocados are high in beta-sitosterol. That's a compound that's been shown to lower cholesterol levels.
In one study, according to this article, the cholesterol level of 45 volunteers dropped by 17% after eating avocados for only one week.
Wow. After eating avocados for only one week they got that much benefit? It turns out that this fruit is very healthy!
Avocados are high in fat but mostly monounsaturated fat which is one of the good kinds of fat. Other sources of monounsaturated fat include olive oil and nuts.
Because avocados are high in fat they are commonly used as a meat substitute.
Avocado is commonly used to make guacamole, the Mexican food dip. You can also slice it and use it on sandwiches, hamburgers, or hot dogs. I wouldn't recommend eating hot dogs though!
The health diaries web page lists all the health benefits of Avocado. The list includes benefits such as oral cancer defense, prostate cancer prevention, eye health, heart health, Better Nutrient Absorption, and stroke prevention.
The article also says it's as an excellent source of Glutathione, an important antioxidant that researchers say is important in preventing aging, cancer, and heart disease. And last but not least avocado is an excellent source of Vitamin E.
Avocados look like green pears. They are similar in density too, with a smooth dense consistency. Like a pear, they have one large seed in the middle.
Another great use of avocado is in a smoothie shake. We've made smoothies consisting of bananas, strawberries, avocado, spinach, ice, blueberries, and other fruits. Those are definitely healthy smoothies!
Do an internet search for foods that lower cholesterol, or heart healthy foods and you'll find avocado on most every list.
Avocado seems to be a super healthy food. I plan on eating a lot more avocados.
And here's another thing I like about avocados. The nutrients they contain are natural and pure. No need to worry about the quality of those nutrients like we do when shopping for supplements.
Thanks for article !