Admiration for Avocados


By Andrea Jones RNCP

                I am an avocado fiend. I love them. In fact, my partner and I are so enamored by the avocado, that we have spent more time than some would deem prudent trying to plot a conceivable plan that would allow us to eventually grow them with success, in a giant green house, as part of our food forest.

                What deems the avocado worthy of such affection, you might ask? Aside from being an extremely delicious and versatile fruit, avocados are an absolute powerhouse of nutrition. The avocado contains a generous dose of vitamin K, folate, pantothenic acid, B6 and vitamin C, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin E and twice the amount of potassium as bananas. Avocados are especially high in two nutrients that are well known for healthy eyes: lutein and zeaxanthin. One ounce of avocado contains about 81 mcg of lutein. Avocados can actually help increase the amount of an important anti-cancer and liver protecting antioxidant in your body called glutathione as well.

                Avocados are also loaded with fat. Good fat; essential fat. The kind of fat that we need to be eating liberally in our diets to protect our immune systems, improve cardiovascular health and nourish every cell in our bodies. The fat in avocados improves the absorption of nutrients from our meals by slowing the digestive process which also helps stabilize blood sugar levels. This helps keep you satisfied longer and promotes healthy weight levels.

                I am so grateful for the avocado and all of the health benefits associated with their consumption. As If I really needed an excuse to eat more delicious, guacamole!