I have a new found love for the velvety, smooth, melt-in-you-mouth, buttery fruit, avocado. Also known as the aligator pear for its shape and leather-like skin texture.
I have always turned my nose up at these green-skinned delights and with my limited diet I have been forced to try new foods, like avocado’s. And how I have missed out!
I am now absolutely addicted! And the best news is avocados are one of the best foods you can eat, packed with nutirents and heart-healthy compounds.
Avocados are a great source of lutein, a carotenoid that works as an antioxidant and helps protect agains eye disease. They also contain the related carotenoids zeaxanthin, alpha-carotene and beta-carotene, as well as tocopherol (vitamin E). But avocados aren’t just a rich source of carotenoids by themselves – they also help you get more of these nutients from other foods.
Avocados contain fibre, including soluble and insoluble, both of which your body needs to keep the digestive system running smoothly. Plus, soluble fibre slows the breakdown of carbohydrates in your body, helping you feel full for longer.
Avocados can protect your unborn baby—and your heart as it contains a vitamin called folate. High cholesterol is one of the main risk factors for heart disease. The cholesterol-lowering properties of avocado, along with its folate content, help keep your heart healthy.
Ways to eat Avocados
- Mashed with lemon juice & black pepper on rye toast
- In a salad
- On a vegetarian Burger
- On wheat-free pizza
- Dip with Nacho’s
I have added some delicious recipes to my recipe section which include avocado – check them out!