Monday to Sunday: An Avo for Every Day of the Week

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The avocado is without fail one of nature’s most indulgent offerings: its richness, creaminess, and delicate flavour unparalleled. Adding an avo a day not only tantalises the taste buds but also brings good reason to make part of a healthy and balanced diet. (1).

Monday: Next Level Nutrients

Fuel your day the avocado way. Avocados are well known for being nutrient-dense foods, with heart-healthy fats, minerals like potassium, magnesium, and manganese, and other important vitamins like folate, vitamin K, vitamin E, and vitamin C.(2).

Tuesday: Heart Health Happiness

Embrace heart-smart eating with a daily dose of avos. Avocados are well-known for their potential heart health benefits thanks to the unique nutritional makeup of potassium, fibre, antioxidants like vitamin E, and phytochemicals like lutein and zeaxanthin. (2) Fill your heart with love, and avocados.

Wednesday: Brilliant Blood Pressure

An avocado a day to keep blood pressure at bay? A study published in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology found that eating an avocado a day significantly lowered blood pressure. (3) Researchers think this is linked to the potassium and monounsaturated fat content of avocados. More reason for this creamy food to be a delicious secret weapon in the fight against high blood pressure.

Thursday: Excellent Eyes

See the world in vivid colors, one avo at a time, with vitamins A, E, and K, carotenoids, and healthy fats, all of which are vital for preserving eye health and preventing diseases that cause sight loss, such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration(4).

Friday: Get that Glow

Studies have shown that daily oral avocado consumption may lead to better elasticity and firmness of the skin of healthy women. (5) It is double win for healthy fats and folate.

Saturday: It is a Gut Feeling

A source of fibre and high in healthy fats, avos may help with a happier gut. Did you know that eating avocados daily may help the gut make more short-chain fatty acids, a source of energy for the cells lining the colon. This raises the population of bacteria that digests fibre (6) leading to better gut health.

Sunday: Feed the Mind

From memory to focus, avocados pack a punch for cognitive health for a sharper, smarter you (7). One avocado contains 370 mg of lutein, a powerful antioxidant which weakens the risk of cognitive degeneration. Lutein accumulates in neural tissues, so may also boost neurocognition (the processes of linking and reviewing information).

Whether you top your toast with avo or serve it in a smoothie, let every creamy bite bring you closer to your health goals.

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