Whenever there’s discussion about the avocado being among one of the favorite fruit from the tropics usually there’s a lot of talk about avocado nutrition as well as its use as a fruit or vegetable. As we all get to know more about avocado we are able to gain knowledge of its nutritive and health values and how it can be used as an ingredient in many delectable dishes. These are the main reasons for the change in attitude as we get to know more about avocado.
What makes an avocado a super fruit deserving the best place in the house?
About 75% of the fats from avocado calories are high density lipids (HDL) or good cholesterol ranking second only to olives. This is an appetizing way to reduce bad cholesterol or Low Density Lipids (LDL). Conversely to common belief, excess weight can be burned because the monounsaturated fats of avocado can increase metabolic basal rate; thus, it helps to burn more fats faster while the dense flesh consisting mainly of carbohydrates and fibers gives the feeling of fullness. Despite this, it has a very low glycemic index that makes it good for diabetics.
The truth about avocado nutrition is that it is an almost complete meal with about fourteen vital nutrients. Very significant is the potassium and sodium content which are about three times more than that of banana. These are the electrolytes that play very important roles in general body metabolism as well as nerve and muscle functions. Other important nutrients are: Vitamin B complex especially B3 or folic acid for ideal fetal development among pregnant women, anti-oxidants like Vitamins C and E, iron and copper for blood, and calcium for normal bone development.
Just think. . . it makes you wonder if it is taught in school that “A” is for Avocado, how will people treat avocado?
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