Since the ban lifted on avocados in 1997, guacamole has steadily gained popularity. We are all familiar with the avocado-based dip, but did you know it can be good for your health? In moderation, guacamole provides many benefits from healthy fats to antioxidants. Pairing well with Mexican food, it’s no wonder this popular side is one of the top sellers at your favorite Mexican restaurant in NH – California Burritos!
Avocados contain beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Typically associated with carrots, beta-carotene provides about 50 percent of the daily recommended vitamin A. Lutein and Zeaxanthin have been said to protect your eyes from harmful light and help vision. Also in guacamole are garlic and tomatoes, which provide excellent beneficial antioxidants with vitamin C and allicin.
Found in avocados, tomatoes, and limes, vitamin E is a potent antioxidant protecting against free radicals. Healthy hair, wrinkle protection, and the reduction of skin disease have the beauty industry incorporating this goodie in product campaigns. Along with that youthful glow, vitamin E also reduces cholesterol while reducing the risk of heart attacks.
A diet of high-fiber foods has many health benefits. Fiber can help digestion, and we all know that gut health is imperative! Avocados and limes have 8 grams of fiber between them, aiding not only in digestion, but helping keep you full longer. Weight management is easier with choices that leave you feeling full longer. Also used as a sandwich spread or as a topper for your salad, guacamole is versatile.
Fun fact – a single avocado contains more potassium than a banana. A 3.5-ounce servicing provides 14% of the daily recommended intake, whereas a banana contains 10%. Why potassium? Well because several studies have shown that this mineral is linked to reduced blood pressure and overall heart health.
Around for 10,000 years, avocados are the staple of good guacamole. Other key ingredients in this authentic Mexican creation include tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and lime juice. While we understand indulging on this delicious Mexican food staple, moderation is key.
Now that you’re in the mood for some homemade guac, be sure to stop into your favorite Mexican restaurant in NH, California Burritos! We can’t wait to see you!