What makes a burger, burrito, or omelet Californian? Avocado!

What makes a burger, burrito, or omelet Californian? Avocado!

Very rarely will you find “fat” and “fruit” in the same sentence; however, avocados, (yes avocadoes are a fruit), have a surprisingly high fat content! Because of the stigma of “high fat,” many in the weight-conscious community have vetoed adding this versatile food to their diet.

Bad move! Avocados, besides having a decadently, rich flavor, contain high amounts of good fat called unsaturated fats, more specifically monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. Monounsaturated fat is particularly good for you heart, cholesterol, and overall health. In research studies of high avocado intake, not only did patients show significant decreases in LDL (the harmful cholesterol) they showed increases in HDL (the beneficial cholesterol). Polyunsaturated fats include Omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are usually found in fish, nuts, and oils and, also, the great avocado! Omega-3’s lower blood pressure, fight inflammation, and protect the brain and nervous system.

In addition to internal health benefits, you can also add avocados to your beauty regimen! The “alligator pear” is enhancing to the skin and hair. Avocado can be used in facials and as a hair conditioner. Instead of using expensive beauty products, why don’t you start using natural ingredients from your kitchen for  your beauty needs?  So, slap on that guacamole!

The Hass Avocado Board funds clinical studies in conjuncture with top universities, such as UCLA, concluding that avocados are an amazing super food with expansive health benefits. So, whether it be your internal or external health, make avocado your new favorite, go-to, good-fat super food! Instead of a cheese or meat sandwich, try and avocado sandwich.  Load it up with tomato, lettuce, maybe some cucumber – and hold the mayo, you won’t need it with the avocado’s creaminess.  And, the next time you order an omelet, make it a Californian!