Tuesday, August 24, 2010


To me there is nothing better on a salad, sandwich or chip than an avocado. Everything about them - from the color to the texture is appealing to me. I LOVE them, maybe a little too much, considering they are pretty high in fat (one avocado boasts roughly 270 calories.) This article in September's Southern Living is both reassuring and helpful, and reminds me that the creamy fruit I love so much is also quite beneficial for my health.

5 Avocado Nutrition and Health Benefits

1. They protect your eyes from disease. 
Avocados have a high content (more than any other fruit) of the carotenoid lutein, which protects against cataracts and macular degeneration—a leading cause of blindness.
2. They will lower your cholesterol. 
Avocados are high in beta-sitosterol, a natural substance that has been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. In one study, 45 people saw an average drop in cholesterol of 17% after eating avocados for just one week.
3. They help regulate and reduce blood pressure.
Avocados are a great source of potassium, containing even more than bananas. Studies confirm that eating foods high in potassium (and low in sodium) can lower blood pressure and reduce your risk of stroke.
4. They are a great source of vitamin E.
Avocados are the greatest fruit source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects against many diseases and helps maintain overall health.
5. They will moisturize your skin.
Avocado butter and oil, two deep-conditioning emollients, will soften skin, eliminate dry patches, and restore your skin’s elasticity. Try some of our favorite beauty products, enriched with avocado butter and oil, at right.

To incorporate more of this delightful food into your diet, try some of these tasty avocado recipes.

Avocado Toast (a staple for me - although I use wheat instead of sourdough)
Tasty fresh corn and avocado salsa
Guacamole (add a little garlic powder to this recipe for an added kick!)

1 comment:

  1. Great! I really like it and I want to try it now! I was looking for lower cholestorol naturally, since I have unhealthy cholesterol level I've been trying to find ways to get rid of it without spending much.