Originally from South Mexico, avocado is one of those fruits (yes, fruit!) that is either loved or hated. Whether you like it or not it is a very healthy source of fats and nutrients.
Avocados have “good” or healthy fats, most people know that however there are a few facts not as well known as that one.
Avocados have two times more potassium than a single banana, and interestingly, is the fruit with higher protein content. On the list of benefits they contain 25 milligrams per ounce of a natural plant sterol called beta-sitosterol. Regular consumption of beta-sitosterol and other plant sterols has been seen to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Despite its creamy texture, an avocado is actually high in fiber, with approximately 6-7 grams per half fruit. Also it contains high amounts of folate which adecuate intake has also shown to protect against colon, stomach, pancreatic and cervical cancers, and is known to help develop healthy babies. Avocado also can be seen as avocado oil, very popular these days
As for the down side the amount of fat is quite high, even though most are good fats, we should limit our intake to 3-4 slices of avocado per day if we eat it frequently. Also, is a pricey fruit and ripens quite fast. Here are some ideas on how to keep your halves fresh for a day or two.
Use avocado to enhance a leafy vegetable salad or simply use as a spread in your sandwich to replace mayo and you will day to day get its benefits!