Are avocados a fruit or a vegetable?  Botanically, they are classified as a fruit but are often treated as a vegetable in culinary circles.  Avocados are versatile and one of the world’s healthiest foods.  Their smooth, buttery texture and rich flavor alone are reason enough to enjoy them frequently.  But, if you want to really feel good about this scrumptious fruit, here are some of the most significant Avocado Advantages:

  • Promotion of heart health:  Avocados are a rich source of monounsaturated fats, which are the same type found in olive oil and nuts.  These fats can help lower the levels of LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) in your blood.  This reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Anti-inflammatory benefits:  They contain phytosterols which “have been proposed to offer protection against a variety of ailments including cardiovascular diseases, obesity, diabetes, and cancer.”  Additionally, they are rich in polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols which have been studied for their role in protecting the skin from ultraviolet-induced damage.
  • Enhanced absorption of nutrients:  Adding avocados to salad enhances absorption of the nutrients from the salad greens, which makes them a delicious and beneficial addition to any salad.  Thank you healthy fat!
  • Full of soluble and insoluble fiber:  A medium avocado contains 10 grams of fiber.  The soluble fiber helps you feel full and the insoluble fiber help you have daily bowel movements.  Remember, health starts in the gut!

The dark green flesh that lies just beneath the peel has the greatest concentration of carotenoids.  Carotenoids are antioxidant molecules that work by stabilizing harmful free radicals.  Many fruits and vegetables are loaded with these valuable chemicals.  The California Avocado Commission recommends using the “nick and peel” method to get as much of the goodness as possible.  Peel an avocado much like you would peel a banana.  

For people with latex allergies, avocados can cross-react.  I’m allergic to latex gloves but they don’t bother me at all.  Avocados are best stored in the refrigerator once they are ripe.  A firm avocado will ripen in a paper bag or on the counter at room temperature within a few days. Like all plants, they continue to “breathe” after harvest.  This means that they break down stored sugars and release carbon dioxide.  Refrigeration slows this down to as much as one-tenth, extending the shelf life.  

Enjoy all of the Avocado Advantages!  LIVE YOUNGER by incorporating delicious and nutrient-dense foods into your day that help you feel (and look) your best.  You can do it!  I will help you.  

Avocado Advantages

Avocado Advantages