It's TRUE The Avocado is a FRUIT!
Maybe you are a head of the curve here, but it was news to me, so I wanted to share with you! It’s confirmed, the Avocado is a nutrient-dense fruit, not a vegetable, belonging to the genus Persea in the Lauraceae family. So maybe you knew it was a fruit, but did you know is actually a berry? Ok, ok you guys are smart, but for those who didn’t, now we are ALL IN THE KNOW- and since we usually think of fruit as sweet and dessert like, here are some benefits of enjoying your avocado FRUIT & a deliciously healthy Avocado Chocolate Mousse Recipe!
Healthy Avocado Benefits:
Reduces Risk of Certain Cancers Avocados is carries a mix of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory characteristics, which makes them able to combat certain cancers, including mouth, skin, and prostate. A 2007 study published in the journal Seminars in Cancer Biology found the phytochemicals in avocados can selectively induce cell cycle arrest, inhibit growth, and induce apoptosis in precancerous and cancer cell lines. In other words, it is the phytochemicals in this fruit that encourage cancer cells to stop growing and die out. Helps Relieve Arthritis Symptoms Avocados contain phytosterols, carotenoid antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids, and polyhydroxolated fatty alcohols, which make the fruit an anti-inflammatory agent. Lowers Cholesterol The super fruit is filled with fats that are good for you, specifically monounsaturated fat, which helps to lower bad cholesterol. This is because avocados are high in beta-sitosterol, according to doctors, is a compound that lowers blood cholesterol levels. Boosts Eye Health An ounce of avocado contains 81 micrograms of lutein, along with zeaxanthin, two phytonutrients (substance found in plants) which are essential to eye health. Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoids, which act as antioxidants in the eye, lowering risk of developing age-related eye conditions. Adding avocados to your daily diet can protect the tissues of the eye from sun damage and the formation of cataracts and macular degeneration. It is the fat content in avocado that helps the body absorb the carotenoid. Promotes Weight Loss Avocado’s smooth and creamy texture actually contains 6 to 7 grams of fiber for half of a medium-sized fruit. Its rich fiber content can help you feel full faster and longer, making it a go-to weight loss aid. CHERRY ON TOP! 75 percent of the fat in an avocado is unsaturated, which makes it a great substitute for foods high in saturated fat plus the oleic acid, one of the unsaturated fatty acids, may help to activate the satiety center in your brain that makes you feel full.
The benefits of this naturally nutrient-dense fruit will help you stay healthy and live longer.
AVOCADO MOUSE PIE :
Here's the ingredients you are so curious about, LOL (love hear how it tasted)
Ingredients: 1 Large (8ounces) Avocado ½ cup cocoa powder 1 Tbsp. vanilla ½ cup agave syrup ¼ cup coconut milk ¼ cup sliced strawberries
Chop the avocado into a few medium-sized pieces and put it in a food processor.
Add the cocoa powder, vanilla, agave syrup and coconut milk to the food processor and blend on high for about thirty seconds, or until mousse reaches desired consistency.
Serve it chilled with fresh sliced strawberries.
*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.
ENJOY AN AVOCADO TODAY
❤ I know I will! ❤