As spring takes hold, the markets will be filled with an array of delicious fruits and vegetables. In Australia, we are lucky to have access to a plethora of local, Aussie grown-avocados.
We all know how delicious avocado tastes on toast, tacos, salads or mixed into our morning smoothie, but do you know the nutritional benefits of the avocado?
Avocados, often mistaken for a vegetable, are actually a stone fruit that grows in warm climates. Many studies have found a predominantly plant-based diet including foods such as avocados can help to decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
1. Avocados are nutrient rich
Avocados are a great source of vitamins C, E and B-6, as well as omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium and potassium.
2. Healthy for the Heart
Avocados contain the natural plant sterol called beta-sitosterol. Consuming sterol regularly can help us maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
3. Osteoporosis Prevention
Vitamin K, a nutrient essential for bone health, is found in avocados. Half an avocado provides approximately 25% of the daily-recommended intake of Vitamin K, a nutrient that increases calcium absorption and reduces urinary excretion of calcium.
4. Full of Folate
Folate or folic acid is a key prenatal nutrient. Avocados contain more folate per ounce than any other fruit! If you’re trying to get pregnant or already are, a diet rich in folate may reduce the risk of foetal neural tube defects.
5. Rich in Fibre
Avocados are a good source of fibre. Fibre plays an important role in maintaining good health.
6. Helps anti-aging
The avocado contains monounsaturated fat. This healthy fat is so tiny it can slip through membranes and protect cells from free radical damage. This enhances vitality and mental acuity, and improves skin texture.
So get down to your local market this spring and have an avo!