One of my Favorite Super Foods
Avocados are healthy, full of good oils and fats that we need in our diets. Avocados add rich, buttery texture to some of the best low-carb meals, making them a healthy alternative to meat, cheese, bad fats, and high-carb foods.
So, since avocados are great for our health, the rising trend in avocados is good for everyone. This means that more people are making healthier decisions about the foods they eat, reaping the following health benefits of avocados:
Heart health—have beta-sitosterol that maintains healthy cholesterol levels;
Eye health—lutein and zeaxanthin provide antioxidant protection to eye tissue, reducing damage from UV light;
Monounsaturated fatty acids support absorption of antioxidants including beta-carotene;
High in vitamin K—good for bone health;
High in folate—good for cancer prevention and prenatal health; and,
High in fiber—good for digestion, detoxification, reducing inflammation, and regulating the immune system.
Plant-based diets that include avocados are high in essential nutrients and fiber that can decrease the risk of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, stroke, hypertension, and gastrointestinal diseases.
The rising popularity of avocados both in North America and the rest of the world has caused a shortage in avocado supplies. Now that larger markets have a taste for these rich green fruits, especially in China and Europe, there is a greater demand on the avocado supply in Mexico and California. This year is also seeing lighter yields for avocado crops. Avocado trees are alternate-bearing crops, meaning that they will have a large yield one year, and a smaller yield the following year. Consequently, with the higher demand and low supply, the prices have skyrocketed.
Despite the rising price of avocados, the health benefits far outweigh the costs, and it is important to eat a healthy balanced diet. Sure, you might think twice before buying an avocado when they aren’t on sale, but once you remember how tasty and healthy they are, you will realize that they are worth it.
Everyone in our family loves avocados from our 18 month old to all the adults, we try to have avocados a few times a week.
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