Health Benefits of Avocado

There’s nothing quite like avocados. They’re smooth, green and just a tad moody.

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Avocados are packed with vitamins and healthy fats. Add some more avocado green to your diet and reap the following benefits.

Better Vision

Your eye tissue contains concentrated amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin, which are phytochemicals (here’s an article explaining more about them). Avocados contain these chemicals which help protect your eyes from UV damage.

Curbed Cravings

Avocados are packed with healthy fats keep you feeling fuller, longer. Don’t be scared of all fats, however; an avocado and a cheeseburger are not the same thing! Healthy monounsaturated fats, such as those found in avocados and nuts, are helpful for stabilizing blood sugar and potentially lowering cholesterol.

Daily Nutrients

Avocados contain many vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin B5, B6, C, E, K, Folate, Potassium (more than a banana), Copper, Iron and Zinc.

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Add more of this amazing fruit to your diet. It tastes delicious sliced on top of a sandwich or salad. Also, guacamole is very easy to make and is sure to please at your next party.

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If you’re putting avocado on a sandwich or salad, it’s best to use a less-ripe fruit. Avocados used for guacamole should be soft and ripe. Need tips on cutting an avocado? Click here for a good instructional!

A Sweet Valentine’s Treat

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and soon, there will be sweets everywhere. Sugar is my personal weakness. Although it may be tempting to dive right into the chocolate, you may want to think twice, because there are many chemicals lurking in mass-produced sweets. Reese’s cups, for example, are known to contain a dangerous chemical made from petroleum called Tertiary Butylhydroquinone, or TBHQ. Many other well-known companies, such as Godiva and Russell Stover, use artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives (think Yellow #5!) in their chocolates.

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This year, instead of buying questionable sweets for your sweetheart, try an alternative! I highly recommend the Enjoy Life Brownie Mix I recently purchased at Wal-Mart. It was so easy to make these little cupcake brownies, and Enjoy Life’s mix is free of eight common allergens (including gluten) and doesn’t contain anything artificial.

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I finished by topping with a few fresh berries and crushed walnuts. Voila! A delicious treat minus the gross laboratory ingredients.

Keep it simple and sweet this Valentine’s Day. Browse the gluten-free or health food section of your local grocery store; you may be surprised at the natural alternatives to conventional snacks. Look for products that are free of artificial preservatives and colors, and be sure you can read and understand each ingredient listed. Laboratory ingredients like Tertiary Butylhydroquinone wouldn’t be found in your pantry next to the flour and sugar, and therefore, they don’t belong in your food!

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Sources:

“Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups – Too Cheap and Full of Toxic Chemicals.” Living Traditionally.

“Are You Getting Conned by Cheap & Toxic Chocolate?” Food Babe.