Avocados were eaten in Central America thousands of years ago.
When you mash them, they are silky and smooth like a creamy dairy product that grows on trees. Mashed avocado works well as a substitute for mayonnaise on a sandwich.
Avocados contain a large amount of fat, but fortunately almost all of the fat is the good kind, monounsaturated fat (the same kind found in olive oil) that is thought to be good for the heart.
According to http://caloriecount.about.com the breakdown for 1 medium avocado is 26 percent fat, of which only 5 percent is saturated.
They’re also loaded with potassium, fiber and disease-fighting phytochemicals, natural plant nutrients that help protect against a variety of cancers and diseases.
- Lutein – protects against prostate cancer and eye disease such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
- Vitamin E — a powerful antioxidant known to slow the aging process and protect against heart disease and various forms of cancer.
- Glutathione – functions as an antioxidant like vitamin E to neutralize free radicals that can cause cell damage and lead to disease.
- Beta-sitosterol – lowers blood cholesterol levels. Avocados contain four times as much beta-sitosterol as oranges, previously reported as the highest fruit source of this phytochemical.
- Monounsaturated fats – heart-healthy fats proven to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and boost HDL (good) cholesterol.
- Folate – promotes healthy cell and tissue development. Folate is especially important for woman of childbearing age as it helps protect against birth defects.
- Potassium – helps balance the body’s electrolytes. Avocados contain 60 percent more potassium than bananas.
- Magnesium – helps produce energy and is important for muscle contraction and relaxation.
- Fiber – lowers cholesterol and reduces risk of heart attack.
Many people are surprised to learn that avocados are a fruit. They love the taste of avocados but do not realize they are so rich in nutrients and phytochemicals. The avocado’s unique nutrient profile makes them a stand out among commonly eaten fruits.
** information taken from — www.Diabetic-diet-Secrets.com