Helping the body absorb fat-soluble nutrients, while supplying a host of others.
Great news! Avocados have long been loved by southern folk for dressing up their tacos and making guacamole, but there are several ways to eat an avocado! And in even more great news avocados have been found to help the absorption of other nutrients from the food you are eating with it!
Studies have shown that eating about half an avocado, in combination with a spinach, carrot and lettuce salad, increased the absorption of alpha-carotene by 8.3 times, beta-carotene by 13.6 times and lutein by 4.3 times, as compared to just eating the salad alone!
The essential fatty acids found in avocados significantly increased the absorption of fat-soluble, carotenoid phytonutrients from other vegetables. Avocados themselves are loaded with Vitamin K, Folate, Iron, Copper, Manganese, Magnesium, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin). So, as you can see, just a little homemade organic salsa and homemade guacamole creates a nutrition powerhouse that you can feed your family throughout the day!
Health Benefits Of Eating Avocados
Different Ways To Enjoy An Avocado
There are several recipes out there. You can doctor up an avocado in so many ways, just be creative and get them in your belly as much as possible. Avocados provide health building nutrients and then some. Ripe avocados will be firm, but slightly soft when squeezed. Too soft and it will be brown. To hard and you will need to wait a day or two to eat. So if you are looking to make an appetizer today, make sure they are ripe and usable. Bon apetit! To your health!
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Kelly Cuip is a registered nutritionist, author, researcher, blogger and mother.