Is the avocado one of the most nutritious foods you can eat?

Is the avocado one of the most nutritious foods you can eat?

Avocados might be the colour of 70s bathroom suites, but recently they’ve been elevated to the epitome of fashionable ingredients.

Forget the retro pairing with prawns and Marie Rose sauce; now it’s all about smashing them on toast and adding ingredients like zataar, paprika, sumac and other exotic-sounding spices.

As we’re currently eating them by the bucket load, the question has arisen as to whether they are actually healthy for us.

The good news is yes, they are!

Packed with good fats, avocados can lower cholesterol and protect against wrinkles.

A variety of vitamins and minerals means they can help keep eyes healthy and regulate blood pressure.

Avos contain specific carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, which have been shown to lower the risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, and even prostate cancer.

High in vitamin E, avocados are a dream for the skin. Vitamin E has been proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and to protect against skin damages, this is why avocados are such good fodder for a radiant face.

On top of this, avocados contain good amounts of fibre, potassium, copper, vitamin B6 and vitamin K.

All in all, they are real food heroes.

But how many to eat on a weekly basis ? While they are tasty and packed with goodness, they are still high in fat so it’s important not to go too crazy on these green goodies.

Advice suggests half an avocado three to four times a week should give you the best benefits.

Long may the retro avocado reign supreme!

 


The Author

Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.

Comments

Michael W.
15 January 2019

Michael W.

I can't remember avacadoes being available when I was younger (80s). Are they a new thing? They are everywhere now, but I had never even heard of them until about 10 years ago!!

Amber J.
10 January 2019

Amber J.

Debra, I find the ripen at home ones ok sometimes, then sometimes not. It's a bit of a gamble, but it's only very rarely they've not ripened at all (never quite sure why that is!)

Amber J.
10 January 2019

Amber J.

Debra, I find the ripen at home ones ok sometimes, then sometimes not. It's a bit of a gamble, but it's only very rarely they've not ripened at all (never quite sure why that is!)

Amber J.
10 January 2019

Amber J.

Debra, I find the ripen at home ones ok sometimes, then sometimes not. It's a bit of a gamble, but it's only very rarely they've not ripened at all (never quite sure why that is!)

Ashley C.
9 January 2019

Ashley C.

So two avocados a week are recommended. That's what I eat already and thought I was overdoing it, so pleased to hear that's a good amount to have. I recommend them simply in a salad and also for putting directly on your skin as a moisturiser.

Debra G.
9 January 2019

Debra G.

I do enjoy the occasional avocado on toast. My problem is getting one I can actually use - the 'ripen at home' ones never do and the 'ready to eat' are quite often past it. Is there a season for them?

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