Everybody loves guacamole. It’s almost unnatural to not like it. And what’s amazing about guac is that it is as nutritious as it is tasty. And we’re going to discuss guacamole’s main ingredient – Avocado – which is a very impressive superfood.
With fruit and vegetables from around the world available pretty much throughout the year because of air freight and freezing, avocados are not as exotic as they were a few years (decades?) ago. And that’s a very good thing as more availability means widespread use of avocados. And in any case, that shouldn’t take away from how incredibly nutritious they are.
Source of potassium
Avocados are very rich in potassium, even more than bananas. Potassium helps in reducing blood pressure and also reduces risk of strokes and heart attacks. Not just that; other health benefits of potassium include relief from blood pressure, kidney disorders, anxiety and stress, as well as enhanced muscle strength, metabolism, water balance, electrolytic functions, and nervous system. Potassium deficiency can actually be a big problem so avocados help balance that out.
To maintain a high metabolic rate, your body needs fibre, which help in easing your bowel movements and helps control the blood sugar levels. This is crucial in weight control programs. Avocados are plenty rich in fibre as well. Every 100 grams of avocado has 7 grams of fibre, which is about a fourth of what you need everyday. Ensure you make up the rest through other fibrous foods such as veggies or sprouts.
Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and help in decreasing triglycerides, which once again means lower risk of heart disease. Because of their super thick skin (they are also called alligator fruit sometimes), avocados absorb little to no pesticides, limiting chemical contamination and making them very clean food.
Finally, avocados also play a role in improving eyesight. A 30g serving of avocado contains roughly 100mg of lutein, which is a natural antioxidant that helps maintain eye health, as we get older. By adding avocado to foods like salads, salsa, soups or sandwiches you can get more of the phytonutrient lutein in your diet. The human body does not synthesize the lutein or zeaxanthin – another natural pigment which is present in the human eye – so it needs to be replenished through dietary inclusion. Which is where the avocado comes into play. And to encourage you to eat more avocados, here’s a simple recipe that is also really healthy.
What you need:
Toast the bread, while you leave the egg to poach in hot water. While waiting, slice the avocado thinly. Don’t worry about uneven slices as avocado normally has a creamy texture. Lay the avocado first, followed by the poached egg on top, and add the chilli paste or salt and pepper to finish it off. A super healthy and delicious snack made in under 5 minutes!