I love avocados. You can ask anyone. Well, if you knew anyone who knew me, I guess you could ask that person how I feel about avocados.
But, my brother in law hates avocados. I swear I’ve never seen him even try one. But he says, “hates them.” So I decided to do a little research and maybe sway his opinion with some facts about avocados (or as Donnie calls them “ah-vys”).
Why do I love avocados? Not just because they taste good, or because they are a staple with sushi (one of my favorite dishes), but also because they are sooo good for you.
I’m talking seriously good. for. you. They are a super food.
Some naysayers (my bro-in-law) argue that avocados are high in fat, but the truth is they are nutrient dense, which compares is the amount of nutrients a food versus the number of calories. Nutrient dense means, “yeah, ok, there are some calories, but check out all this good junk?”
Good junk in avocados
So, what makes avocados so super? Well, there are 13 vitamins that your body absolutely needs: vitamins A, C, D, E, K and the B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12 and folate). And, avocados contain a lot of these vitamins naturally. That means, it’s not injected and your not taking a pill to get these extra, totes awesome vitamins. They also help you absorb the “fat-soluble nutrients” in other (lesser) foods you intake. AND, they have no sodium, which we know is the devil.
Ok, I think I’ve more than proven that avocados are good for you, but so is wheat germ and you won’t catch me eating that.
Let’s talk about texture, versatility and downright delectability.
A ripe avocado is black on the outside, and soft and green on the inside. A texture that goes well in so many dishes. I put avocados on salads, burgers, pizzas, wraps and even banana smoothies. Let’s not forget guacamole!