Avocados are one of those healthy super foods that I’m working at adding to my diet.
Avocados contain 25 essential vitamins and nutrients. They are also full of antioxidants. The avocado provides nine key antioxidants!
Below are 10 reasons I’m adding avocados to my diet.
- Contains vitamin B6, vitamin E and folic acid to promote a healthy heart
- Lowers cholesterol
- Controls blood pressure
- Has anti-inflammatory properties
- Fights free radicals
- Protects against cancer
- Regulates blood sugar levels
- Is anti-aging
- Promotes good eye health
- Increases nutrient absorption of other foods
An avocado is ripe and ready to eat if it is slightly soft when you place it in your palm and barely squeeze it. You don’t want sunken dark spots or a mushy feel – this indicates over-ripeness. If the avocado is hard, it is not ready to eat and will be very difficult to remove any of the inside.
Need to speed up the ripening process? Place the avocado in a brown paper bag and close tightly; this should ripen it in 2 days or so. You can also add another piece of fruit, like a banana, in the bag with the avocado to speed up the process.
Keep your eye out in the months ahead as I try some avocado recipes and share them with you!
Have you ever tried an avocado? What’s your favorite way to eat them?
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