Simple Pleasure #43: Avocados

Oh those avocados. They are one of my favorite fruits. Yep, if you didn’t know already, avocados are considered a fruit. Are you ready to hear more facts about avocados? They are insanely good for you. They’ve got a bad rap (just like coconuts) but I’m out to change that. On most days I’ll eat a whole avocado a day (you can imagine I go through a lot of avocados each week but well worth it). Ok so here’s the facts people…

Way to go San Diego! – San Diego County is the Avocado Capital of the U.S., producing 60 percent of all the avocados grown in California.

No more leg cramps in the middle of the night – Avocados contain more potassium than bananas. Cool!

Vegetarian and needing protein? – Avocados have the highest protein content of any fruit.

Don’t be scared off by calories – The average avocado contains 300 calories and 30 grams of healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat. “Healthy” is the key word there.

Guys, this one’s for you – Avocados have been shown to inhibit the growth of prostate cancer.

Give your heart some love – 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.

Here’s to your health! – Avocados are the best fruit source of vitamin E, an essential vitamin that protects against many diseases and helps maintains overall health.

Got high cholesterol? – Monounsaturated fat in avocados helps to reduce triglyceride levels and increase HDL, which is the good cholesterol.

More nutrients, we could probably use them – Eating avocados with other fruits and vegetables will make it easier for the body to absorb the nutrients from those other foods.

Overall, avocado is considered a complete food. With vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, calories and fiber with no cholesterol and is sodium free.

Saved the best fact for last – The Aztec word for avocado was ahuacatl, which means “testicle tree”. HAHA!!!

So there you have it. Another one of life’s simple pleasures. If I were you I would head to the store and pick yourself up some avo’s… before I get to them. 🙂

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