Next time you stop at the store or farmer's market, be sure to grab a couple of avocados to bring home. The health benefits can't be overlooked-- neither can the taste!
What Is an Avocado?
The avocado is actually a fruit, though it can be eaten as a fruit, a vegetable or as a fat!
That's right, a fat! Avocados contain heart-healthy fats that help lower LDL cholesterol (the 'bad' type). In a heart-healthy diet, avocados help lower your risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Avocados are chock-full of fiber, which is very helpful in keeping glycemic levels stable. They also have essential vitamins like vitamins B, C, E, K and minerals like potassium. Avocados actually have more potassium than a banana, which lowers your risk of things like stroke and kidney disease.
If you're worried about what diabetes can do to your eyes, then you should definitely set your sights on avocados. They have antioxidants that help prevent cataracts and degeneration.
Eating an Avocado
Lucky for you, this fruit is versatile! If you need a tasty, creamy spread for your turkey burger or ham sandwich, ditch the mayo and spread on some seasoned avocado. Lay some slices on your baked potato as well for a healthy alternative to butter, sour cream or cheese.
Chop it into cubes and you can put it in your salads, or make a delicious fresh guacamole salsa dip with diced avocado, tomatoes and peppers.
Avocados are so creamy, your smoothies will practically call out for some. Or, just slice them up and enjoy them in a fruit salad.
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