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Avocados: A nutritious powerhouse worth the hype


Posted: Wednesday, May 24, 2023. 5:19 am CST.

By Breaking Belize News Staff: As the season for avocados starts to bloom, health experts are urging Belizeans to make the most of this rich, creamy fruit that’s not just tasty but also packed with an impressive array of nutrients.

Avocados, affectionately referred to as “green gold,” are a common sight in Belize, especially during the fruit’s peak season from May to October. Nutritionists are reminding locals that these popular fruits are not only delectable but also exceptionally beneficial to health.

Regarded as a ‘superfood,’ avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats, a type of fat that’s beneficial for heart health. They can help lower bad cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of heart disease, a leading cause of mortality in Belize. Their high potassium content also contributes to maintaining a healthy blood pressure.

Avocados are also a good source of dietary fiber, promoting digestive health and aiding in weight control. A single serving provides nearly 7 grams of fiber, covering about 28% of the recommended daily intake.

In addition, avocados are high in antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin, which are incredibly beneficial for eye health. They are also a great source of vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, along with riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids. These contribute to everything from boosting immunity to enhancing skin health.

The versatility of avocados in cuisine is another reason Belizeans are encouraged to consume more of them. This fruit can be incorporated into various meals, including salads, sandwiches, and the ever-popular guacamole. But the culinary uses don’t stop there. Avocados can be utilized in baking as a healthier substitute for butter or oil due to their rich, creamy texture and good fat content.

As avocados make their seasonal appearance in local markets across the country, Belizeans are urged to make the most of this period to enjoy and benefit from this nutrient-dense fruit. Whether it’s added to a morning smoothie or spread on a slice of bread, avocados can make a significant contribution to a healthier lifestyle.

It’s clear that this beloved fruit is more than just a culinary trend; it’s a nutrient powerhouse that can play a crucial role in maintaining overall health and well-being. So, next time you’re at the market, remember to stock up on Belize’s seasonal ‘green gold.’


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