Healthy, nutritious and delicious. But there might be more to this green fruit than we thought. A recent joint studied carried out by Canadian and U.S. based researchers claim they are also the perfect food for pregnancy.
Full of minerals and antioxidants, avocados also feature folic acid which is known to help prevent birth defects when eaten throughout pregnancy. Due to their unique nutrition source, the study published in ‘Nutrients’ said they should be added to the diet of pregnant and lactating women.
Good news right?
The studies claim, “Avocados offer a range of beneficial nutrients that can make a substantial contribution to a nutrient-rich diet when offered as a staple food for the periconceptional period, as well as during pregnancy and lactation.”
So what do we know about this delicious fruit?
They are good for you.
An average one-ounce serve contains the following:
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B5
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin A
- B1 (Thiamine)
- B2 (Riboflavin)
- B3 (Niacin)
It is a high fat food.
They are crammed with heart-healthy monosaturated fatty acids similar to the fats found in olive oil.
They can lower cholesterol
Despite the fatty acids, eating avocado can actually lower cholesterol.
They increase the amount of antioxidants you consume
Not only are they full of wonderful antioxidants themselves, but they also increase the nutrient value of other plants you are eating.
They are delicious
Avocados are super delicious and easy to incorporate into a diet.
Here are some suggestions:
- Dressing: Make a vinaigrette and blend with an avocado
- Fries: Dip in egg and breadcrumbs and bake in the oven
- Guacamole: Everyone’s favorite avocado dish
- Brownies: No word of a lie, add them into your brownies
- Smoothie: Pop it into your smoothie for wholesome deliciousness
- Add an egg: Crack an egg on it and bake for five minutes
- Sushi: Avocado is a great ingredient for sushi
- Popsicles: Turn it into a chocolate fudge popsicle
- Spread It: Spread it on your sandwich or jaffles
- Just Eat It: Cut it up and eat it fresh or pop it in your salad
With no shortage of ideas, it is easy to incorporate the superfood into your diet while you are trying to conceive, are pregnant or even breastfeeding. And as soon as your baby is old enough, then they too can be enjoying guacamole alongside their mom or dad.