Avocado is considered a super fruit (fruits have seeds, vegetables don’t) as it is packed with unsaturated fat and fatty acids, and has been scientifically proven to lower bad cholesterol levels while raising the amount of good cholesterol in your body. Avocado is often used as substitute to oil in athletes’ diets.
Other facts: 75% of an avocado’s calories come from fat, avocados have 35% more potassium than bananas. They are also rich in vitamin B, E and K.
Avocado and the Gracie Diet: avocado is an essential element in the Gracie diet and it appears in many YouTube videos of the Gracie brothers, Rener and Ryron. For those who don’t know, the Gracie diet is based on the principle that digestion is the body’s toughest workout and streamlining this process enables the body to divert a maximum percentage of its resources towards other essential functions like training, healing injuries, fighting disease, etc. According to the Gracie diet, Avocado are classified as group A along with almonds, cauliflower, chicken, fish and spinach and can be combined with each other plus one of the group B which can either be cereals, starches, rice, potatoes or soy bean. For more info please visit graciediet.com
So here are 10 reasons why you should eat avocado more often:
Source: the farmacy
1. Prostate Cancer Prevention
Avocados have been shown to inhibit the growth of prostate cancer.
2. Oral Cancer Defense
Research has shown that certain compounds in avocados are able to seek out pre-cancerous and cancerous oral cancer cells and destroy them without harming healthy cells.
3. Breast Cancer Protection
Avocado, like olive oil, is high in oleic acid, which has been shown to prevent breast cancer in numerous studies.
4. Eye Health
Avocados have more of the carotenoid lutein than any other commonly consumed fruit. Lutein protects against macular degeneration and cataracts, two disabling age-related eye diseases.
5. Lower Cholesterol
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.
6. Heart Health
One cup of avocado has 23% of the recommended daily value of folate. Studies show that people who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower incidence of heart disease than those who don’t. The vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, and glutathione in avocado are also great for your heart.
7. Stroke Prevention
The high levels of folate in avocado are also protective against strokes. People who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower risk of stroke than those who don’t.
8. Better Nutrient Absorption
Research has found that certain nutrients are absorbed better when eaten with avocado. In one study, when participants ate a salad containing avocados, they absorbed five times the amount of carotenoids (a group of nutrients that includes lycopene and beta carotene) than those who didn’t include avocados.
9. Glutathione Source
Avocados are an excellent source of glutathione, an important antioxidant that researchers say is important in preventing aging, cancer, and heart disease.
10. Vitamin E Powerhouse
Avocados are the best fruit source of vitamin E, an essential vitamin that protects against many diseases and helps maintains overall health
Recipes with Avocado: For quick and easy avocado recipes to do at home visit avocadocentral.com and check this one made by Rener Gracie, the “Renergy” Breakfast Sandwich!
How to know when it is is ripe and right to eat? here is a quick tip. Enjoy!