Avocados: The Super Fruit

Today we are going to talk about one of Mexico’s most famous foods: the avocado. The country has an abundance of these fresh, ripe, super fruits, and while prices for this in-demand export can be quite high, here in Mexico you can enjoy them quite cheaply. This nutrient-dense food contains nearly 20 vitamins and minerals and can be an essential part many great meals that you eat here in the Riviera Maya, whether in a guacamole, or garnishing a sushi role.

Here are some good reasons why you should include avocado in your meals during your stay here in the Riviera Maya:

Fibre

Avocados are high in fiber. A regular sized avocado can provide around a third of your daily recommended amount of fiber. This can help aid in weight loss as well as contribute to good metabolic health.

Nutrients

Avocados are loaded with nutrients, you will find more potassium in avocados than you will in bananas. Potassium supports healthy blood pressure levels and cell function throughout the body.

Bones

Half of an avocado provides approximately 25 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin K, a nutrient which is

essential for bone health.

Vitamins

Avocados are a great source of vitamins C, E, K, B5, B-6, and B9, as well as lutein, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids. Nutrients such as Lutein and Zeaxanthin helping maintain healthy eyes while reducing the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration..

 Weight Loss

With the high fiber and oleic acid content, the avocado is the perfect food for those looking to slim down or simply maintain a healthy weight. The fat causes your brain to receive a signal to tells it to turn off your appetite. These fats make your skin healthy and enhance the absorption of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.

Healthy for the Heart

Avocados contain a natural plant sterol called beta-sitosterol, which helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

 

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