Awesome avocado

By admin
14 August 2014

They're still in season, and really good for you. Here are a few reasons to spread that creamy green fruit on your toast.

Many foods are hailed as super, but few can boast the many health properties of the humble avocado. Whether you like to eat the fleshy green fruit (yes a fruit, not vegetable!) with crayfish and prawns in a delicious salad, or slice it next to chicken in a lunchtime sandwich, one thing is clear: avocado brightens up any meal - and not just because of its vivid colour. Seriously, what other filling can help with weight loss, skin benefits and cardiovascular health?

Weight loss

While it's well known that avocados are high in fat, it's also common fact that these are 'good fats'. Packed full of monounsaturated fatty acids that the body uses as slow burning energy instead of storing as body fats, avocados are a great addition to meals. You'll feel fuller for longer after consuming one and they're also known for reducing hunger and appetite.

Skin benefits

The monounsaturated fats can also work wonders on skin tone; mainly keeping moisture levels up to keep skin looking soft and healthy. The omega-9 fats found in the fruit are also known for reducing redness and irritation. As well as eating one, making a homemade avocado face mask will help combat dry skin. Mash one half of a ripe avocado with a quarter cup of honey and smother on to the face for ten minutes. Rinse off, and enjoy your new complexion.

Heart health

Once again, those clever monounsaturated fats get to work here - with research suggesting they can both reduce dangerous low-density lipoprotein cholesterol at the same time as increasing the more beneficial high-density lipoprotein cholesterol. The stone fruit is also packed full of vitamin E, folate and phytosterols - all nutrients the heart loves.

Symptoms of arthritis and diabetes can also be eased with a diet rich in avocado.

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