Also known as an Alligator Pear or a Butter Fruit, the Avocado is one of Mother Nature’s kindest gifts. Containing about 20 vitamins and minerals, these little stone fruits are jam-packed with health benefits like decreased risk of heart disease and diabetes. They’re also delicious with a rich flavor and creamy texture!
One key nutrient in these little guys is their Monounsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFAs). One Avocado contains around 20 grams of MUFAs which, according to the Mayo Clinic, can improve the function of your blood vessels. They also benefit you by keeping your insulin and blood sugar levels in check.
Avocados also have a high concentration of folate which is a magical nutrient in its own right. Folate has been shown to help protect against colon, stomach, pancreatic, cervical and breast cancer. It’s also extremely important for a healthy pregnancy and reduces risk of miscarriage and neural tube defects. If that doesn’t convince you, then add to that list that foods high in folate levels can reduce your risk of depression, which affects millions of Americans every day.
Now that you are educated on the many benefits of the wonderful avocado, you’re probably thinking about going and grabbing a few from your local supermarket. When you get there, you’ll probably realize that they carry several varieties. Click Here for a guide on how to identify each variety and what to look for in terms of ripeness.