Avocados are an amazing superfood. They offer healthy fats, antioxidants and essential nutrients for heart health and hormone balance. Avocados are actually fruit – not vegetables. They fit well in sweet and savory dishes, supporting digestive health and boosting your daily intake of fiber. Here are some terrific reasons to add more avocado to your diet:
- Cancer Prevention → in 2009, the Journal of Nutrition and Cancer published a study claiming that the phytochemical in avocados can prevent the use of chemotherapy in those with mouth cancer. These phytochemicals help induce cell arrest, inhibit cancer growth and induce cell death in precancerous cells. The beta-sitosterol in avocados decreases the risk of prostate cancer, and the carotenoid antioxidants help fight against skin cancer.   
- Diabetes Prevention → the monounsaturated fats in avocados help balance glucose and insulin levels. Many studies demonstrate that weight maintenance with a diet high in monounsaturated fats improves fasting insulin levels and regulate glucose levels – all while preventing obesity and oxidative damage from metabolic functions. 
- Improved Mood → those healthy fats play an crucial role in regulating central nervous system function. They impact neurotransmitter levels and help balance these levels naturally. This means your mood not only improves, but stabilizes. Although studies suggest eating unhealthy trans-fats increases depression risk, the natural fat in avocados has the opposite effect. 
- Better Digestion → avocados pack lot of fiber. One fruit can have up to 17 grams! Fiber is great for gut health. It helps shift the balance of bacteria in the gut…increasing the good bacteria and decreasing the bad. It also adds bulk to stool, pulling waste and toxins through the intestines and colon. The healthy fat also helps to relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, reducing constipation and abdominal pain. Fiber also prevents insulin resistance and decreases the risk for developing ovarian cancer.  
- Heart Health → avocados, especially avocado oil, promote heart healthy heart function by balancing lipids. Avocados are 71% monounsaturated fats, which are known to block development of hardening arteries. They also help to reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure, decreasing the risk for heart disease.  
- Healthy Skin, Eyes and Hair → rich in fat-soluble vitamins, avocados help promote glowing skin, bright eyes and shiny hair. The carotenoids block effects of environmental toxins, like pollution and UV light damage. Carotenoids even decrease the risk of skin cancer and age-related disorders like macular degeneration. You can even apply avocado topically to replenish and moisturize the skin.  
Need some suggestions? Here are a few awesome recipes in which avocado takes center stage.
Creamy Avocado Basil Pesto Spaghetti by Ahead of Thyme.
Avocado Tuna Salad by Natasha’s Kitchen.
Honey Mustard Chicken, Avocado and Bacon Salad by Cafe Delites.
Avocado Chocolate Cookies by the Sprouted Fig.