Avocados are delicious fruits with tons of health benefits. A lot of people may have a misinterpreted view of avocados because of their high fat content. While avocados are high in fat, the fats are in fact good fats, which have anti-inflammatory properties. These anti-inflammatory properties are especially helpful for those with arthritis as inflammation is a major source of pain for those with the disease.
Avocados are highly recommended on salads because they can help increase the absorption of carotenoids. Carotenoids are found in leafy green vegetables (spinach, kale) and can help protect your body from free radicals. Carotenoids also enhance your immune system function, provide your body with optimum sources of vitamin A, and help your reproductive system function properly.
Avocados have also been known to support cardiovascular health and promote blood sugar regulation.
The majority of recipes and uses for avocado use it in the raw form. This is because nutrients are lost in the heating process of an avocado (as well as the majority of fruits/vegetables). It is recommended that if heat is required for an avocado recipe, you keep the heat setting very low.
Avocados are great in the raw on sandwiches, in salads, in dips (guacamole), and on chicken or fish. Try incorporating avocado into your diet on a more regular basis (we aim for at least once a week); the health benefits are definitely worth it!