Seasonal Spotlight: Avocado

Why We're Sold on the Green Gold

Avocados are fatty fruits with a buttery smooth flesh when ripe. Pro tip – to check an avocados ripeness without damaging it press down on the top, where the stalk is. If it presses down easily, it is ripe enough to eat. If not, give it a little longer to ripen!

The creamy consistency and mild flavour of an avocado mean they can be easily incorporated into your diet - add them to salads and smoothies or mash them into guacamole.

And why wouldn’t you? They are nutrient dense and provide many vitamins and minerals often lacking in a standard diet. High levels of vitamins B, C and E help to prevent disease and infection in the body. Plus, avocados contain more potassium than bananas! Potassium helps to reduce blood pressure in the body, which contributes to being less at risk for several health issues.

Avocados are packed full of monosaturated fats, which are healthy when in eaten in moderation! They help your digestion by breaking down fibre in the gut and have been proven to keep you satiated for long periods.

Sometimes it’s not only your intake of nutrients that matters but also the absorption of these nutrients. Adding avocado to a meal may help your body better absorb nutrients from everything you have on your plate. This is thanks to avocados high fat content, as some nutrients are fat soluble, meaning they need to be consumed with a healthy fat to absorb the maximum amount of nutrients.

For example, the monosaturated fats in an avocado allow the lutein, the same pigment found in leafy greens, to be absorbed by the body and transported to the brain. Typically, you need to consume leafy greens in combination with a healthy fat, like olive oil, to have the same effect. 

When avocados are out of season they may be imported, this is also when you will notice the price of them skyrocket. While we firmly believe avocados are delicious and should be a part of your diet, they can be an unsustainable food choice due to the food miles taken for them to get to us. As with anything we always encourage buying local where possible so check where yours are coming from! Luckily, avocados are coming into season now and we happen to know of a roadside stall on Blueskin Rd - you can’t get much more local than that! You will need to have-a-cardo to get there. 


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