Anyone for Guacamole: Enjoy the Health Benefits of the Humble Avocado!
Guacamole the Humble Avocado. Enjoy the amazing health benefits of this amazing food. It is a great way to replace what is referred to as bad fats to good fats. With their rich flavour, creamy consistency and buttery taste they are often used on their own as a spread replacing butter or margarine, as they are a far healthier option for your heart and arteries.
The Humble avocado being referred to one of the good fats and superfoods. Nutritionally the avocado is comprised mostly of monounsaturated fats, these fats are considered heart-healthy fats similar to what is found in other foods such as nuts, olive and coconut oil. Monounsaturated fatty acids have been linked to protection against metabolic syndrome, heart disease, reducing inflammation, regulate blood sugar levels.
The Main Health Benefits of the Avocado
Healthy vision: Avocados are loaded with carotenoids like lutein, that work to preserve eye health and aid in the prevention of age-related macular degeneration, a common disorder that can lead to vision loss.
Slows Cancer Growth: More research is needed in humans, however, in vitro studies suggest that the compounds found in avocados could help slow the growth and spread of cancer cells.
Kick Starts Weight Loss: Rich in fiber and healthy fats, avocados can help promote satiety and keep you feeling full between meals. Despite the amount of calories in avocado, studies show that this high-fat fruit will not compromise results when enjoyed as part of a weight loss diet.
Reduces inflammation: Thanks to their content of inflammation-busting antioxidants, some research suggests that avocados could be beneficial against symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Improves Healthy Blood Sugar Balance: In addition to reducing blood sugar levels, studies show that monounsaturated fatty acids could also help improve the body’s sensitivity to insulin, which is the hormone needed to transport sugar out of the bloodstream and into the cells.
Improves digestive health: Avocados are loaded with fiber, a beneficial plant compound that moves through the body undigested. Upping your intake of fiber can promote regularity and protect against digestive issues like haemorrhoids, constipation, and acid reflux.
Anyone for Guacamole
Enjoy my Easy & Simple Guacamole Recipe
What you need:
- 2 – 3 Avocados
- Juice of one lemon
- 2 garlic cloves crushed
- 1 teaspoon of Olive oil
- 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of chillie flakes (optional)
- 1 tablespoon of chopped up mint leaves ( You can change this at times and include basil)
What to do:
- Add avocados to either a blender or bowl and mash or blend
- Then add garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, mint and chillie flakes
- Blend until smooth
- Add to bowl and garnish with some chopped tomato and mint
- This makes a great sandwich filling, or as a dip with some Orgran crackers: In addition you could cup up some carrot, celery, capsicum, apple or pear
Both Yummy and Extremely Healthy for YOU!
We have “Hippocrates” to thank for the saying – “Let Food be thy Medicine & Medicine be thy Food”
Considered to be one of the most influential figures in the history of medicine and healing, Hippocrates was ahead of his time when, around the year 400 B.C, he advised people to prevent and treat diseases first and foremost by eating a nutrient-dense diet based on Fresh, Whole foods.
The foods that you eat each day play a critical role in controlling inflammation levels, balancing blood sugar, regulating cardiovascular health (including blood pressure and cholesterol levels), helping the digestive organs to process and eliminate waste, and much, much more. Did you know that certain anti-inflammatory foods even contain powerful active ingredients that help control how your genes are expressed?
Because foods influence inflammation levels, blood sugar, energy, hormones, brain, and heart health, they truly do act like medicine once consumed. A healthy diet plays a role in how genes are expressed and can have a positive effect toward preventing disease, even when a disease may appear to be hereditary.
Medicinal foods to include in your daily diet, include all fresh vegetables and fruits, organ meats, grass-fed meats, healthy fats like coconut, nuts and seeds, sea vegetables and what are now being classed as superfoods like cocoa, papaya, spinach, kale, blueberries, broccoli, cooked tomatoes, oats, blackberries, garlic, brazil nuts, walnuts and black pepper.