Guacamole, look out! Avocados have so many other uses we might never get to dip our chip in. (But do – cause it tastes really good!)
Avocados are full of fat and that’s a very good thing! While it’s true that avocado is a high-fat food (with about 85% of its calories coming from fat), the fat contained in avocado has many excellent health and anti-aging benefits. Avocados have phytosterols (a part of a plant called plant sterols that actually lower your cholesterol) and polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols (PFAs) which help t0 keep inflammation under control and reduce the incidence and pain of diseases like arthritis.
Avocados have one more kind of mono-unsaturated fat called oleic acid which helps lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and can inhibit the growth of cancerous cells without damaging the healthy cells. The oleic acid in avocados is especially effective in preventing breast cancer and reducing the effects of prostate cancer as well.
Avocados are full of vitamins like A, C, and E as well as nutrients like potassium. Because they contain 30% more potassium than banana, avocados are useful in regulating blood pressure and prevents circulatory diseases. They also contain folate, monosaturated fats and antioxidants
We love our antioxidants for anti-aging and the beautiful avocado can prevent aging symptoms. The glutathione in avocado boosts immune systems, slows the aging process, and encourages a healthy nervous system which cuts down on stress, and less stress means less wrinkles!
Avocados have nutrients and enzymes that soothe the inflamed mucous lining in the stomach and small intestines which can help people who suffer from digestive diseases like Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
We used to think that only red plants had carotenoids, but now we know that most dark and rich-colored plants contain them. Avocado has the carotenoid lutein. Lutein keeps the eyes safe from oxidative stress, macular degeneration, and cataracts – more symptoms of aging that are reduced by caring for your natural health.
And let’s not forget how delicious avocados are. Here’s a simple recipe from www.simplyrecipes.comfor that wonderful guacamole!
Perfect Guacamole Recipe
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1/2 red onion, minced (about 1/2 cup)
- 1-2 serrano chiles, stems and seeds removed, minced
- 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon of fresh lime or lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- A dash of freshly grated black pepper
- 1/2 ripe tomato, seeds and pulp removed, chopped
Garnish with red radishes or jicama. Serve with tortilla chips.