Avocados: Fad or Fact?
Ah, avocados. You've seen them everywhere. On Instagram-worthy toast, in glorious guac form, and in green smoothies. But, do they really provide the health kick that foodies and health gurus claim? Is there any truth behind the trend?
Just like anything in life, moderation is key. You'll get the most out of these beloved fruit through conscious dieting!
- Potassium: Avocados contain more potassium than bananas! This supports healthy blood pressure levels, which is a major risk factor or heart attacks and strokes.
- Monounsaturated fatty acids: Healthy fats that are good for cholesterol and heart health.
- Fiber: Linked to weight loss, lower risk of many diseases, and great for detoxing.
- Antioxidants: Lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta carotene promote better eye health.
- Vitamins: Packed with vitamins B, C, E, and K along with the mineral magnesium.
- Lower cancer risks: Though further research is needed, there is some data that suggests the growth of cancerous cells are inhibited.
All the benefits packed into avocados come together to also help boost your mood (and lowering the risk of depression), improve digestion, keep you full longer (due to high fiber and fat), and regulate blood sugar.
Apart from seemingly overwhelming benefits, there are some downsides that may affect certain people. Avocados are high in fat and calories, so excess consumption may lead to weight gain. Though rare, allergies can arise and are typically associated with those who also have latex allergies.
Variety of Ways to Eat!
Guacamole, smoothies, toast, salads, scrambled eggs, soups, sushi, and even alone with seasoning just to name a few!
You can usually get avocados year-round, but peak season is from spring to summer (April to July).
- Though a majority of avocados are imported from Mexico, California produces over 90% of all avocados grown in the US.
- Avocados are also fittingly called "alligator pears".
- An avocado is not only a fruit, but is technically a berry!