Why Avocado's Are So Good For You

I just read that avocados are also known as alligator pears. Their shape and green bumpy skin give rise to this awesome name. And that awesome name gives rise to the inspiration behind this blog post. Without further adieu – the alligator pear:

Avocados are naturally high in good fats. Good fats are Unsaturated fats. Bad fats are saturated or trans fats. Eating foods containing good fats, such as avocados, olive oil, and raw nuts are essential for the health of the skin. Our bodies cannot synthesise two essential fatty acids (EFA’s) called linolenic and linoleic acid, so we need to get them through our diet.

Good fats like the ones found in avocado helps the skin stay plump and healthy looking. And who doesn’t want healthy looking skin?

Coincidentally avocados are just as good on the outside of the body as they are on the inside. Putting homemade guacamole on your face as a face mask is a effective way to boost skin health. Freshly whipped avocado flesh applied to your face with a little squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Leave it on for 20 minutes or so then wash off and you will find your skin feeling soft and nourished. Trust me.

Avocados are high in potassium, much like bananas. Potassium helps to regulate blood pressure in the body.

Speaking of bananas, place your unripened avocados in the fruit next to bananas and apples to help them ripen faster.

Or you can do what My Dad likes to do and line avocados up on the windowsill side by side to help them ripen.

 

A freshly ripened avocado is a wonderful thing. You can cut it open and eat the green flesh straight from each half with a teaspoon. This makes a great snack before yoga class.

If your ever feeling below par, eating an avocado this way is a quick and more or less effortless way to get the good fats of avocado into your body. The Omega 3 fat, B vitamins, antioxidants and low sugar content of avocado help keep your brain healthy. Which help to keep your mood healthy. Avocado is just one of the foods recommended for a blue mood. 

Alligator Pears are also one half of the amazing breakfast dish Eggocado. The low sugar and high fat content of avocado keep you full for longer, making it the ideal breakfast buddy.

So go on, start the day right, eat an alligator pear.

Your skin, brain and blood pressure will thank you for it.