Can Avocados Be Called A Super Food?

by | January 9, 2018

Avocado toast, guacamole, avocado pudding, avocado oil, avocado face and hair masks. What can’t you do with an avocado??

 

This little fella is a staple in many vegans’ kitchens including mine. It was even one of my little vegan’s first foods and still his favorite. Not only is the avocado delicious but it is nutrient packed as well. But can we consider the avocado a super food?

 

Fun Facts for the Serious Avocado Lover:
  1. The word “avocado” comes from the Spanish word “aguacate’ and can be taken back to the Aztec language which also used “aguacate” to refer to testicles, probably due to its similarities.
  2. It’s thought to have originated in parts of Mexico through parts of South America.
  3. Avocados contain an amazing 20 vitamins and minerals including; Vitamins C, B5 and 6, E, and K, Folate and Potassium.
  4. High in good (monounsaturated) fat and one of the fattiest plant foods around.
  5. Pairing an avocado with greens and other veggies can increase and maximize the absorption of antioxidants and nutrients.

 

Sometimes Mother Nature gives us little guides here and there with plant foods. For example, walnuts look like brains and are a perfect food for it being that it contains high levels of DHA and Omega-3”s that help improve cognitive health. The avocado is similar in that it looks like the womb with the seed as the fetus and provides quite a bit of awesome benefits.

Avocados are great to consume during pregnancy due to the following reasons:
  • The high folate content helps with fetal development. Low levels of folate can cause neural tube disorders and spina bifida.   
  • Help ease morning sickness due to B6 which proves to reduce nauseousness
  • Because of its potassium content, avocados can reduce leg cramps
  • The fiber in an avocado can help keep constipation at bay

 

Want new ways to put a twist on your avocado eating habit? Check this drool worthy recipe! To learn about the benefits of a vegan pregnancy read this insightful article.

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Michelle Alvarado I began my vegan journey after becoming pregnant. I initially did it for my/ our health but quickly learned about the horrible treatment of animals that goes on and it turned into a bigger thing than myself. I currently live in the Chicago suburbs with my husband, son and shelter pup (she’s 11 but will always be a puppy in my eyes). I went to school for communications but pursued a career in early childhood education and was a preschool teacher for almost a decade. I owe my insight in child development to my hands on experience in the field and hope to utilize it to further the progress of future vegan generations. I am beyond grateful to have found Vegan Pregnancy and Parenting and Raise Vegan, not only for the platform that it has provided me to further the awareness of vegan family resources but for what I have personally gained from it by being a member and from knowing these wonderful women. I look forward to all the amazing things to come as we help pave the way and provide a haven of love an support for vegan families.

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