Are you loving your #AvoLife? Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last year or two, you will know that avocados are the fruit of choice for… Well, just about everybody, actually. Yes, what was once the best-kept foodie secret, is now out of the shopping bag and onto your plate. But, do you know all there is to know about these small, green things? Here are five facts you need to get behind.
1. AVOCADOS CONTAIN MORE POTASSIUM THAN BANANAS
Potassium is an essential part of a balanced diet. In case you haven’t heard, it has a wealth of health (both mental and physical) benefits. For instance, research suggests that getting enough of this stuff could even lower your risk of having a heart attack. There’s no reason that you shouldn’t be fuelling up on the stuff on a regular basis.
When you think of potassium, one specific fruit likely leaps to mind – the humble banana. Yes, this snack is rich in the good stuff, but there’s actually another fruit out there that has a whole load more potassium than that. A 100g serving of avocado gives you 14% of your recommended daily dose of potassium. On the other hand, a banana only gives you 10% in the same measurement. We rest our case.
2. EATING THIS FRUIT COULD IMPROVE YOUR GUT HEALTH
Want to improve your gut health? This is a hot topic right now and we’re fast discovering the many ways in which the condition of your gut actually affects the rest of your health at large. Of course, there are small steps you can take that will help to improve this area of your body and, specifically, the way in which it functions. Adding a few avocados to your shopping list could be a smart place to start. These fruits are rich in soluble fibre, which research shows helps to feed the friendly bacteria in your gut.
3. AVOCADOS ARE PACKED WITH NUTRIENTS
Ready to revamp your lifestyle once and for all? We hear you. One of the easiest ways in which you can improve your diet and lead a healthier lifestyle is to choose snacks that are rich in the good things you need. Packing vitamins Bs, K, C, and E along with a range of essential nutrients, you can’t go far wrong with an avocado. Chomping down on one of these things could help you to boost your health and get more out of the food that you eat.
Check out our list of all the amazing food groups that will nourish anyone looking to eat a more plant-based diet here!
4. THEY MAKE EXCELLENT DAIRY SUBSTITUTES
Looking for a creamy and delicious substitute for dairy products? It could be staring you right in the face. One of the many reasons that avocados have soared in popularity in recent years is that they have a beautifully soft and cream-like texture.
Of course, when you first start out leading a plant-based diet lifestyle, one of the major things that you may miss is dairy. Believe it or not, you can use avocados as a replacement for many of your favourite dairy products. Whether you puree the stuff and spread it on your toast or slice it thin to add to a salad, there’s no end of choices here. From whipping up rich sauces to creating a dairy-free dip, there are many uses for this fruit.
5. THEY COULD HELP TO LOWER YOUR CHOLESTEROL
As your cholesterol levels soar, so do your chances of heart disease, stroke, and a whole load of other nasty health conditions that you’re going to want to avoid. Changing your overall diet and lifestyle could help you to get your levels in check before it’s too late.
Some of the most impactful causes of this problem include eating meat, saturated fats, and dairy products. Leading a plant-based lifestyle can help you to avoid the issue. Of course, it’s not just about what you shouldn’t eat, but what you should eat too. Adding avocados to your diet could be the answer. Studies have found that these fruits can help to lower people’s cholesterol when eaten as part of a healthy and balanced diet.
Good news! We will be serving your favourite avocado on toast at our new 100% plant-based restaurant at Cutlery Works, Kelham Island. Follow Shed on Instagram and Facebook for the latest details and our launch date!