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Eat Avocados; They Are Great For The Kaufmann Diet!

For all the disagreements about nutrition, there is one food that many people agree is both delicious and beneficial for your health: Avocados. Avocados are a fruit; their scientific name Persea americana, but they have been colloquially known as the alligator pear for their pear-like shape and bumpy dark green skin. Avocados are thought to have originated in central America, but their popularity has spread far beyond this region. 

Avocados are certainly delicious and versatile in the kitchen. Of course, you can use them to make a healthy snack like guacamole, but they can also be added to salads or smoothies, stuffed and baked, or enjoyed on their own with perhaps a little salt. But even though avocados are delicious and available most of the year wherever you live, their health benefits really make them a winner, particularly for those on The Kaufmann Diet. 

Avocados Are High In Nutrition

Avocados are packed with an abundance of nutrition. They are rich in vitamin B5 & B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, folate, and potassium. Potassium is a nutrient in avocados that really sticks out; this vital nutrient plays a number of important roles in the body, yet most people do not regularly consume even the RDA of potassium. A serving of avocados contains nearly 15% of the RDA of potassium, which is more than a banana.  

As far as nutrition is concerned, avocados might be the best fruit you can consume on The Kaufmann Diet. 

Avocados Are High In Fiber

Another nutrient that is severely lacking in most Americans’ diets is fiber. Fiber is important for health and is associated with benefits for heart health, digestive health, healthy weight and blood sugar control. One serving of avocado contains nearly a third of the RDA for fiber. This, again, makes avocados an important part of The Kaufmann Diet; many people assume that you cannot get enough fiber without consuming grains, but by regularly adding in foods like avocado, it is very easy to get ample fiber on The Kaufmann Diet. 

Avocados Are Rich In Healthy Fats 

Avocados contain monounsaturated oleic fats similar to those found in olive oil. These types of fats account for nearly 80% of the calories in avocados and are associated with benefits for heart health and reduced inflammation. Avocados are are associated with healthy triglyceride levels and are considered a heart-healthy food. 

Avocados Contain Antioxidants

Loaded with the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, these nutrients have been shown to be very beneficial for preventing macular degeneration and cataracts, which means eating avocados regularly can help support eye health, particularly as we age. Time to eat avocados, who’s with me?

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