In case you haven’t already heard, avocados are a bit of a wonder fruit. Not only are these beautiful, creamy, green orbs of heaven delicious, they’re also incredibly good for you. In addition to beefing up your diet with highly nutritious fatty acid, it turns out they may play a major role in helping to manage various symptoms of metabolic syndrome. What exactly does this mean? That eating avocados could help you avoid the risk of cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes. Score!
Authors of a study published last week, entitled “Effects of Avocado on Metabolic Syndrome: A Comprehensive Systematic Review,” reported the health benefits of this hip food. “The lipid-lowering, antihypertensive, antidiabetic, anti-obesity, antithrombotic, antiatherosclerotic, and cardioprotective effects of avocado have been demonstrated in several studies.”
In layman’s terms: avocados are good for you in more ways than one, and even if they cost extra on your burrito, you should probably go ahead and splurge.
If you’re really dedicated to maximizing your avocado intake, you might want to turn your attention towards Avocaderia: “the world’s first avocado bar,” located in none other than Brooklyn, New York. The founder of the eatery is an Italian-born food enthusiast, who was introduced to the avocado while living in Mexico. Francesco Brachetti told the New York Times that he fell in love with the fruit while living in Mexico. “We didn’t have them in Italy,” he said. “They’re tasty and healthy, and I ate them every day.”
Advocates for avocados will be thrilled to find that they’re featured in every single menu item at the Avocaderia, from bowls to smoothies, toasts, and other painfully trendy dishes. The website is essentially a shrine to the superfood: listing its many unique qualities, and how they can benefit all sorts of people in different ways–from moms and babies to fitness nuts and individuals with strict diets.
However, avocado enthusiasts (both of the scientific and taste-bud oriented variety) should be wary of avocado shortages: which have happened in the recent past, and are certainly possible down the line. The owners of Avocaderia, in fact, experienced their own mini crisis, when they ran out of ripe avocado for service in the first three hours of their very first day!
The safest bet is probably to get a bunch of avocados right now. Then, make a big old bowl of guacamole and sit down in front of your favorite TV show and binge. It’s for your health!