8 Proven Health Benefits of Avocados, Plus Recipe for Keto-Zone Guacamole
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8 Proven Health Benefits of Avocados, Plus Recipe for Keto-Zone Guacamole

Dr. Don Colbert — Divine Health
Jan 4, 2019

The greatest concentration of carotenoids in avocado occurs in the dark green flesh just beneath the skin. 

[Divine Health] Guacamole. It’s a rich, delicious, beloved dip eaten in many parts of the world. (Photo Credit: Pexels)

And best of all, its main ingredient is an amazingly healthful food, perfect for keto zone eating.

Here is a great Keto Zone Guacamole recipe, full of avocados, sure to please during any meal or upcoming Football Bowl Game. Plus, 8 proven health benefits of avocados.

KETO ZONE DELICIOUS GUACAMOLE

Ingredients:

  • 3 avocados, peeled & pitted,
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 Roma (plum) tomatoes, diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 pinch ground cayenne pepper (optional)

Instructions:

In a medium bowl, mash together the avocados, lime juice, and salt. Mix in onion, cilantro, tomatoes, and garlic. Stir in cayenne pepper. Refrigerate 1 hour for best flavor, or serve immediately with keto zone chips, vegetables, on burgers and chicken, or however else you can imagine.

Nutrition Info (~1/4 cup): 51 calories, 4 gm fat, 2 gm net carbs, 2 gm fiber

8 PROVEN HEALTH BENEFITS OF AVOCADOS

There’s a lot of nutrition in an avocado.  In fact, it’s one of the most potent health-benefitting whole-foods around. If you want to improve your health, eat avocados and consider these 8 Health Benefits.

1. CAROTENOIDS GALORE FOR EYE HEALTH & REDUCED INFLAMMATION

You may think carotenoids are only found in orange/red vegetables such as carrots, bell peppers, and tomatoes.

But, avocados are a great source.

In fact, they contain a spectacular array of carotenoids including:

  • beta-carotene
  • alpha-carotene
  • lutein
  • neochrome
  • neoxanthin
  • chrysanthemaxanthin
  • beta-cryptoxanthin
  • zeaxanthin

What’s more, the fats in avocado actually increase the carotenoid absorption from other vegetables, by as much as 15 times (1)!

What’s this mean to you?

When you mix avocados with other bright vegetables, you get a 1-2 health punch.

Many of these carotenoids directly support eye health and brain health (2).  And, they are highly anti-inflammatory.

  1. HEALTHY FATS

Like other high-fat foods, avocados were once considered too high in calories and fats to be healthy.

In fact, avocados are 85% fat.

However, these fats are extremely healthy, anti-inflammatory, and they promote healthy blood sugars.

They are perfect for keto zone eating.

  1. POTENT ANTI-INFLAMMATORY COMPONENTS

Avocados offer 3-way anti-inflammatory benefits.

First, avocado’s fats are made of phytosterols. They are key supporters of our inflammatory system.

Specifically, research has shown the anti-inflammatory benefits of avocados’ phytosterols for arthritis.

Next, avocado’s polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols (PFAs), which are abundant in ocean plants but fairly unique among land plants, are highly anti-inflammatory.

Third, the high amount of oleic acid aides our digestive tract and improves healthy fat absorptions while decreasing inflammation.

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