Avocados are pretty versatile. You can turn them into guacamole, add them to a salad for added creaminess, turn them into a delicious raw choc-avo mousse and, of course, avocados make the best chips!
On top of all this, the humble avocado is pretty awesome for our health, containing about 20 different nutrients;
- Avocados are a great source of mono-unsaturated fats (in fact avos are made up of about 77% fat), which is awesome not only for brain health but also makes for a healthy cardiovascular system. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body.
- These guys contain more potassium than bananas, which makes them great for helping to lower blood pressure!
- Avos are brilliant source of fibre, so that means they’ll help you to feel full for longer and also act like an intestinal broom, helping with detoxification and digestion. One avo will give you about 30% of your recommended daily fibre intake.
- They’re a great source of antioxidants, specifically Lutein and Zeaxanthin which are important for eye health.
- They are a great source of folate, making them a great food for pregnant women as folate is a key nutrient for fetal development.
- Lowers risk of depression; this is due to the high fat content which feeds our brains (our brains are about 60% fat) and the folate present in avocados. Folate can help prevent the excess build up of homocysteine. When we have too much homocysteine it can impair the function of serotonin, dopamine and norenephrine which affect your mood, sleep and appetite.
- Brilliant for bone health, as avos contain vitamin K which we need as it helps to increase the body’s absorption of the bone mineral calcium.
- Even though avocado is a fat, it’s a good one and helps to balance our cholesterol levels, the addition of avocado to already well-balanced diets has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease, improve blood levels of LDL and lower levels of oxidative stress in the bloodstream following consumption of food.
- Anti-aging properties; avocado is an amazing treatment that helps reduce wrinkles. You can apply mashed avocado flesh to your skin as a facial mask (I mix it with honey for antibacterial properties), but also, when you eat avocado, it will help fight the aging process from within as it’s got a nice hit of both fat and antioxidants which help to prevent the aging process.
- Hair tonic; The list of benefits of avocado for hair is quite long. As well as being a superb way to treat dry hair, avocados can also be used to treat a dry and itchy scalp. You can use it topically by massaging some mashed up avocado into your scalp, the amino acids will help to heal, nourish and improve the overall condition of your scalp and hair.
- Avocado hand scrub; To exfoliate and moisturize your hands, mix some mashed avocado with some finely ground oats, coffee or sugar and then rub gently into your hands and leave on for about 5 minutes, then wash off without soap. This will help to remove the dead skin cells from hands and will moisturize and nourish, leaving your hands feeling silky smooth.
There certainly is a lot to love about avos.