If there was one fruit that really “took off” in the past two decades it has to be the avocado. While avocados have been around a long time, doesn’t it seem like they’re in “everything” these days? They’re definitely popular. Just go to a restaurant and discover that avocado has found its way into/onto several dishes. The good news is that avocados are quite nutritious– if you haven’t ever tried avocado, 2018 might be your year to give it a go. Next time you’re eating at a Mexican restaurant go ahead and order the guacamole which is made from avocados.
Did you know that most fruits are almost all carbs? Avocado, meanwhile, is a fruit that happens to be high in… healthy fats. Now most people think fat is a bad word, but the reality is that our bodies need and thrive on having some healthy fats in our diet. Hence, eating avocados can be a positive thing.
Consider how nutritious avocados are– they supply you with a decent amount of Vitamins C, B5, B6, E and K, as well as folate and potassium. Interestingly, you’ll get more potassium from an avocado than a banana, even though everyone assumes bananas are best for potassium. If and when you supply your body with plenty of potassium, you’re helping reduce your blood pressure. They also have small amounts of other good vitamins and minerals, including Vitamins A, B1, B2, and B3, as well as iron, magnesium and zinc. Meanwhile, you’ll be glad to know that avocados contain zero cholesterol or sodium! They are a low-carb, fiber-rich, low-in-saturated-fat fruit.
Now about the fat… the majority of calories for an avocado are technically from fat. But here’s where it gets good: that fat is mostly in the form of oleic acid. It’s a monounsaturated fat which can help reduce inflammation and has been found to ward off cancer. Avocados are also high in fiber, which will help you feel full. Eating a diet high in fiber helps reduce blood sugar spikes and can help a person with weight loss.
Does Minnesota’s top chiropractor recommend incorporating avocado into your diet? Yes, he does! If you want to get some sage advice on your drinking and eating habits and how you could adopt a healthier lifestyle, call Lakewoods Chiropractic at 651-464-0800 to make an appointment regarding health and wellness.