Often deemed a “perfect food" Avocado

Often deemed a “perfect food,” the #avocado is considered one of the healthiest foods available. Even a study published in #Nutrition Journal found that eating avocados is associated with a lower body weight, lower BMI and waist circumference (a risk factor for heart disease and diabetes), higher “good” cholesterol, a lower intake of added sugars, better #diet quality overall, and higher nutrient intake levels. In other words, those who eat avocados are healthier than those who don’t.

One reason the avocado can be used as a weight management tool is due to its healthy fat, which takes the body longer to digest and help keep you full and satisfied. Further, avocados are nutrient-packed with over 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Avocados contain lots of blood pressure-combating potassium, with an average of 975 milligrams. Potassium is important in maintaining kidney health, blood pressure, and muscle health. Studies have found that when avocados are eaten in place of other fats (like butter and mayo), they can help control blood pressure.

If you’re concerned about pesticide exposure (and if not, you should be), avocados are one of the “cleanest” of all produce. Their tough exterior helps protect them from contamination. So, if you can’t afford to buy all #organic this is one piece of produce you could purchase conventional.

An avocado a day keeps the doctor away.