When European sailors explored the ocean around the New World, avocados were used in place of butter. Green and delicious, these sailors had the right idea–if you haven’t incorporated avocados into your life yet, you’re missing out! Not only are they a delight in any salad or sandwich, but they are also great on their own or as the ringleader of a meal.
Aside from the taste, avocados are especially healthy fruits, and it seems as though the list of their health benefits is constantly growing longer. And here’s why:
1. Their Nutritional Facts are impressive on their own. Avocados are excellent sources of fiber, potassium and vitamins C, K, folate and B6. In just one half of these green fruits you will have 160 calories, 15 grams of unsaturated fat (your heart will thank you!) and 2 grams of saturated fat.
2. Avocados have inflammatory benefits as well. This is due to the fruit’s quite expansive carotenoid diversity, which are most concentrated in the darker part of the fruit right beneath the skin.
3. Apples are great and all, but an avocado sure helps keep the doctor away. These fruits are high in mono-saturated fat, which is the kind your heart likes, and scientists suggest that the active compounds in avocados are effective in helping prevent cancer. Antioxidants found in avocados such as lutein, beta-carotene and vitamin E help fight diseases.
Now, you may find yourself asking what to do with the avocados you’ve picked up. There are plenty of great recipes using these delectably green fruits!
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