Avocados: the Ultimate Super-Food

Avocados: the Ultimate Super-Food

Valentina Franco, Staff writer

In the state of constant sunshine, some cultivations flourish year-round. For example, we see avocados, whose nature does not permit them to grow in temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, constantly in grocery stores, trees, orchards, farmers markets, etc. Even with such availability, it seems as if avocados only get their spotlight when in guacamole. When alone it’s criticized about its supposedly “bland” taste. Getting bullied via Tumblr and ifunny, the popularity of this food has plummeted, even though avocados offer massive amounts of nutrition along with delicious culinary opportunities.

Avocados have many nutritional benefits one being the magnesium found in them which helps with the development of muscle, cardiovascular health, bone and teeth health, as sourced by The Amazing Avocado. Not only do avocados help fortify the body’s immunity, ease digestion and boost metabolism, it also nourishes and enhances your hair and skin.

The main ingredients that make avocados so helpful for the human body are its natural fats and oils. Foods high in fats and oils are immediately rejected and shunned because of the connection they have to weight gain and cholesterol, but avocados contain omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats which actually help lower bad cholesterol levels while raising good cholesterol levels along with decreasing the risk of heart disease, but not to confuse these fats to the ones found in things like the famously overrated bacon, which is never a healthy choice for any human body in such mammoth amounts.

Guacamole isn’t the only place you could consume this ever so healthy fruit. No, avocados are not vegetables. There are a variety of other delicious ways to get your day’s worth of healthy fatty acids. For example, next time there is a craving for a ham and cheese sandwich, try replacing the mayonnaise and butter spread for mashed up avocados, after all it’s nature’s butter. Another alternative is to simply peal the avocado, remove the seed, and enjoy with some salt and lime juice. Add in some chili pepper if your taste buds can handle it to show avocados multicultural love.

At the end of the day, all healthy, freshly grown fruits and vegetables offer great amounts of nutrients and health benefits. However, avocados stand out for their unique blends of fatty acids and being part of the selected foods that are lipids, instead of proteins and carbohydrates. So stop hating avocados because they’re really the ultimate super-food.