We love using the very versatile, healthy fruit in our menu
It’s no secret that eating a diet containing plenty of fruits and vegetables has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions.
Numerous studies show that a diet including plant-based foods—such as avocado—can help decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and depression. They also promote a healthy complexion, increased energy, and overall lower weight.
Avocados are a stone fruit with dozens of varieties ranging in size, colour, and texture. All are native to tropical climates and when harvested, the flesh softens to a rich creamy texture that has become extremely popular in everything from toast toppings to desserts.
Also known as an alligator pear or butter fruit, the avocado is the only fruit that provides a substantial amount of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. They are a naturally nutrient-dense food that contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals.
Avocados are a great source of vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and potassium. They also provide lutein, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Although most of the calories in an avocado come from fat, they aren’t a fruit to shy away from! Avocados are full of healthy, beneficial fats that help keep your belly full and satiated. When you consume fat, your brain receives a signal to turn off your appetite. Eating fat also slows the breakdown of carbohydrates, which helps to keep sugar levels stable.
Avocados are a healthy choice for your heart. They contain 25 milligrams per ounce of a natural plant sterol called beta-sitosterol. Regular consumption of beta-sitosterol, and other plant sterols, has been known to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
Avocados are great for your eyes. They contain lutein and zeaxanthin, two phytochemicals that are especially concentrated in the tissues in the eyes where they provide antioxidant protection to help minimize damage. The monounsaturated fatty acids in avocados also support the absorption of other beneficial fat-soluble antioxidants, like beta-carotene. Adding avocados to your diet may help reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration.
Avocados help prevent osteoporosis. Half of an avocado provides approximately 25 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin K. Eating a diet with adequate vitamin K can support bone health by increasing calcium absorption and reducing urinary excretion of calcium.
Adequate intake of folate from food—like avocado—has shown promise in protecting against colon, stomach, pancreatic, and cervical cancers. Although this apparent risk reduction is currently unknown, researchers believe that folate protects against undesirable mutations in DNA and RNA during cell division.
Avocados may even have a role to play in cancer treatment. Research findings show that phytochemicals extracted from avocado can selectively inhibit the growth of precancerous and cancerous cells, cause the death of cancer cells, and encourage the increase of immune system cells called lymphocytes.
Avocado may help decrease the risk of depression. Foods that contain high levels of folate help to prevent the build-up of homocysteine, a substance that can impair circulation and the delivery of nutrients to the brain. Excess homocysteine can interfere with the production of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine which regulate mood, sleep, and appetite.
Despite its creamy texture, an avocado is actually high in fiber containing approximately 6-7 grams per half fruit. Eating foods with natural fiber can help prevent constipation, help maintain a healthy digestive tract, and help lower the risk of colon cancer.
How do we use avocado?
Since it’s so delicious and incredibly nutritious, we just love including avocado in our menu. We feature it in our Quinoa Avocado Salad, on our Tuna Burger, and in our Avocado Wrap.
Avocado is also used regularly in our daily specials, and you can always add it to any dish on the menu. Just ask! The most popular dishes to smother in avocado are our spinach omelet and any of our gourmet burgers.
Swing by for lunch or dinner to get yourself a taste of avocado today.
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