Abokado, aguacate, ahuacate, ahuacatl, alligator pear, avocado pear, avocado – whatever you call them, avocados are nature’s very own secret recipe to good health.
Take a look at the nutritional breakdown – just one cup of pureed avocado contains:
- 368 Calories
- 4.6 g of Protein
- 19.62 g of Carbohydrate
- 1166 mg of Potassium
- 23.0 mg of Vitamin C
- 175 mg Beta-sitosterol
- 0 mg Cholesterol
Avocados are extremely nutrient-dense. With one-fifth of an average-sized avocado offering nearly 20 vitamins and minerals: it’s enough to make you see green.
It’s Mean, it’s Green: it’s a Superfood!
Ok – let’s start with potassium. Potassium encourages growth and muscle-building, and is essential for our organs, cells and tissues to keep on working the way they should. Obviously kids have extra need of potassium – and lucky for us, avocados happen to be an excellent source. In fact, avocados weigh in at #8 on the top ten super-potassium foods of all time – check it out!
Next, we’ll move on to fat content. Yes, that’s right, I said fat. Now you might be squirming at the thought, but there’s good fat and there’s bad fat – and avocados are 100% good. The monounsaturated fat which is found in avocados can actually reduce cholesterol levels. Unsaturated fats are also super-important for the normal growth and development of the central nervous system and brain – it’s a no-brainer, really.
Let’s wrap this up with a nod to fibre. We all know why fibre’s good for us – and yes, it’s the same for kids. Keep their growing digestive tracts healthy and moving along with a daily dose of fibre. With around 10 grams of fibre in one medium-sized avo, you can throw away those tablets, chuck out the powders, and get your kids hooked on the glowing green goodness of avocados. Don’t worry, we’ll be showing you some stand-out recipes to help reel them in.
This green powerhouse of a fruit is gaining more and more attention in nutritionist circles as the health benefits just keep on unfolding: ideal as a baby’s first food, perfect for growing minds and bodies and – wait for this: it’s a healer too!