Can Avocados Be Called A Super Food?
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:
- 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.
- It’s thought to have originated in parts of Mexico through parts of South America.
- Avocados contain an amazing 20 vitamins and minerals including; Vitamins C, B5 and 6, E, and K, Folate and Potassium.
- High in good (monounsaturated) fat and one of the fattiest plant foods around.
- 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
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