I love eating tacos and I love Mexican food. Sure enough, I eat a ton of guacamole. If you are a fan of the same type of foods, then I’ll go out on a limb and assume that you probably consume a ton of guacamole (like myself). Well, if so, I’m sure you’ve done your research on whether or not it’s healthy for you, right? Well, in the event that you haven’t you don’t have to anymore because I’m going to fill you in right now. If you’re wondering whether or not guacamole is healthy for you, then you’ll soon find out.
Guacamole: Is It Good Or Bad For You?
I’m going to just come out and say it. YES, guacamole is good for you! It’s one of those foods that’s very good for you in moderation. It’s filled with fiber and potassium, both which are essential to a healthy diet and lifestyle. Guacamole has some other wonderful benefits as well. You should be incorporating this healthy fat into your diet if you’re not already. Here are some of the benefits of consuming guacamole.
Good For The Heart
Guacamole has some incredible benefits. It’s good for your heart! How so you ask? Well, one cup of delicious guacamole contains almost 75% of the recommended daily fiber intake, which is 20 grams. Fiber is great for reducing cholesterol buildup in your arteries. Cholesterol buildup can cause serious issues such as heart disease and even heart attacks. Avoiding these two things would be a good idea. That’s not all guacamole does for your heart. This delicious treat also has a significant amount of potassium in it and potassium helps better regulate your heartbeat and blood pressure. That said, the healthy fats that avocados contain are great for your heart if consumed in moderation.
Our bodies need vitamin E to better rid themselves from free radicals. These free radicals are what cause us to get sick and further development disease and even cancers. The good news is that single cup of guacamole contains 4.76 mg of vitamin E which is almost 33% of our recommended daily intake. Guacamole also contains vitamin C which we all know is a great immune booster, helping our bodies fight those infections!
I mentioned that guacamole has fiber in it already. However, I didn’t mention the digestive benefits of that fiber. Fiber helps keep things moving and it’s a surefire way to keep things in motion internally. It also contains niacin, also known as vitamin B, which plays a key role in normal digestive function as well. The amount doesn’t measure up to our daily intake but it’s about 25%.
How To Eat It
Avocados can be consumed a number of ways. I personally prefer to eat slices of avocado or mix it up and spread it on top of my salads. It goes without saying that the tastiest way to indulge in this food is to add it to a taco! Go out there and do your body a favor, eat some guacamole. But remember, don’t go overboard!
So, as you can see, guacamole is a healthy fan favorite for lots of reasons. Avocados have vitamin E, vitamin K, potassium, vitamin C and even B. Not to mention the fiber benefits again. Feel free to consume it with anything you wish. Try it with raw vegetables if you’re trying to lose weight or you’re on a diet. Better yet, go for a spoonful of it and call it a day!
This is by far my favorite guacamole recipe. Here’s a quick and easy recipe that you can try to make at your convenience. The prep time is too quick to even bother mentioning. This recipe will make 2-3 cups depending on the size of the avocados.
1 cup cilantro
2 tsp lime juice
dash of salt and pepper
Open the avocados, remove the pit and scoop out the flesh. Place it in a bowl. Crush the avocados with a fork or spatula. Dice the tomato. Dice the onion. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix everything well.
You are now ready to indulge in some deliciousness!