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Yep, while often looked at as a healthy vegetable or fruit, botanists have actually defined avocados as berries. A large berry with a single seed to be precise. What makes this mega super berry all the rage? It’s a lot more than just how delicious avocado toast tastes…
You may not typically think of fat as a good thing, but avocados definitely are! Even though they’re one of the fattiest plant foods, the types of fats they contain make these incredible berries super healthy. Thanks to their rich fiber content, when you eat avocado you can feel full longer—meaning you’re less likely to reach for a candybar or bag of chips to snack on.
Another shout out to the avocado is their awesome support in helping us absorb nutrients. One study for example, showed that the lipids (or healthy, fatty oils they contain) are what aid us in more effectively processing the other vitamins and nutrients we’re consuming.
Since avocados themselves contain 20 vitamins and minerals, it’s not difficult to understand how they’d be healthy for us. This fatty berry even contains double the potassium a banana does!
While this nutrient rich food has a green, often bumpy and rough skin—comparable to an alligator—the rich, oily flesh inside can be really great for soothing dry skin and offering support in reducing wrinkles and skin inflammation. Avocados may also aid in speeding up the wound healing process and are wonderful for moisturizing dull, dry, and brittle hair.
Besides being a smoothie addition or slicing one open and eating it a tasty bite at a time, here are additional scrumptious ways to include this big, green berry in your healthy diet.
• Guacamole - Mash an avocado in a bowl. Add some salt, garlic powder, and lemon juice.
• Soup - Either hot or cold, avocado can be the main ingredient or added as yummy chunks to your next homemade pot.
• Eggs - Diced or sliced avocado pairs perfectly with cooked eggs. Optionally, you can fill avocado halves with raw egg and bake until the egg white has fully set.
• Grill ‘Em - Slice avocados in half, remove seed pit, drizzle with lemon juice and oil. Grill 2-4 minutes. Enjoy!