Mexico’s gift to the world, it’s the super food that flies off the shelves as quickly as it is stocked up. Avocados, originally cultivated in Mexico as early as 500BC, are not a new ‘fad’ food, they are the real deal. When we speak about whole foods, an avocado really does tick all the boxes, it even comes with its own packaging in the form of its skin. They require no preservatives, flavor enhancers or processing to be enjoyed as a healthy addition to your diet. Containing little to no sugar (0.2g per half) and being full of phytonutrients, an avocado packs a very nutrient dense punch! In a typical avocado, you’ll find magnesium, potassium (more than in a banana), sodium, folate, vitamin b-6, niacin, vitamins A, C, E, K – it may as well be a multivitamin and mineral as the list goes on.
The oil within an avocado consists of mainly heart healthy mono-unsaturated fats (71%) with poly-unsaturated fat making up 19% and the rest as saturated fats. As the avocado ripens the level of saturated fat decreases and mono-unsaturated fat increases (1). This high level of fat mean that the fat-soluble vitamins contained within an avocado can be utilized by the body.
In terms of carbohydrates, 80% of the carbohydrates within an avocado are dietary fiber (of which 70% are insoluble, 30% are soluble). This means that half an avocado (4.6g of fiber) can make up 1/3 of the dietary recommendations for fiber (14g). With a glycemic load of an avocado estimated at zero, it is the lowest sugar fruit (2), making it a perfect keto-friendly food!
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