My Wife Told Me About Avocados

I don’t know about you, but I’m not all that familiar with avocados. They come from trees that are native to central Mexico. I’ve never paid that much attention to them. My wife has used them from time to time for various meals in the kitchen.

Last night Susan was reading from a website article on the health diaries website. She was reading about the health benefits of avocados. Here’s an amazing discovery that was mentioned in the article: “Avocados are high in beta-sitosterol, a compound that has been shown to lower cholesterol levels. In one study, 45 volunteers experienced an average drop in cholesterol of 17% after eating avocados for only one week.”

Wow. After eating avocados for only one week they got that much benefit? It turns out that this fruit is very healthy!

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Avocados are high in fat but mostly monounsaturated fat which is one of the good kinds of fat. Because it’s high in fat it’s commonly used as a meat substitute. Avocado is commonly used to make guacamole, the Mexican dip. You can slice it and use it on sandwiches, hamburgers, or hot dogs.

The health diaries web page lists all the health benefits of Avocado. Click here to see that article. The list includes benefits such as oral cancer defense, prostate cancer prevention, eye health, heart health, Better Nutrient Absorption, and stroke prevention. The article also says it’s as an excellent source of Glutathione, an important antioxidant that researchers say is important in preventing aging, cancer, and heart disease. And last but not least it’s an excellent source of Vitamin E.

Avocado seems to be a super healthy food. I plan on eating a lot more avocado!

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