By Melody “PANDEMONiiUM” Tien, Staff Writer
The Carrot: “Let’s catch the bus!”
The Avocado: “I avocado.”
This summer, don’t take your car like the Avocado. Instead, enjoy the weather, and go for a fresh walk!
All jokes aside, the avocado is a super food. And if you’re looking for the good kind of fat, the avocado will be your best friend.
The majority of the fat inside the avocado contains oleic acid. Oleic acid is a monounsaturated fatty acid that is also the major component in olive oil (Gunnars, 2016). Oleic acid has been shown to alleviate inflammation and been linked to have beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer. The avocado is a great substitute for fats, such as butter and mayonnaise.
“There are so many things you can do with avacados, from sauces to eggrolls,” said Molly “M.E.O.W.” Naaktgeboren, a University at Albany sister and a long-time fan of avocados. “It’s a tasty addition or you can just eat it with some salt!”
They also pack more potassium than bananas, which is a nutrient that most people are lacking (Gunnars, 2016). If you’re looking to increase fiber in your diet, the avocado is a great choice. A small avocado contains 7 grams of fiber, which is 27 percent of the suggested daily amount.
The avocado is versatile and can be incorporated in all meals, including snacks. For a quick snack, an avocado spread on your choice of toast or an avocado smoothie is an easy fix.
Here’s my recipe for an avocado-banana smoothie: you will need a blender, knife, one medium avocado, half or one medium banana and whole milk. Soy milk can be a substitute for individuals who are lactose intolerant.
First, dice the avocado and banana and throw them into the blender. Then, pour one and a half cups of milk in the blender. Pulse the mixture until smooth or ’til it’s a consistency of your liking. Enjoy!
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Source: “12 Proven Health Benefits of Avocado” by Kris Gunnars via Authority Nutrition