Avocados are a staple of gourmet COMFORT KETO meals. We feel that it is important to share with you the amazing benefits of avocados presented in this short article by Dr. Jockers.
We at COMFORT KETO have been following Dr. Jockers' lectures over six years and do recognize him as one of the leading ketogenic diet experts. Dr. David Jockers DNM, DC, MS a doctor of natural medicine, functional nutritionist and corrective care chiropractor. He is the founder of Exodus Health Center in Kennesaw, Georgia and www.DrJockers.com, a website designed to empower people with science based solutions to improve their health.
Dr. Jockers writes:
Avocados are a terrific complement to a vegetable based meal. Most vegetables, particularly in their raw state, contain a high amount of carotenoid based antioxidants. Studies have shown that these antioxidants are lipophilic (fat-loving) and are absorbed best in the body when combined with a healthy fat such as oleic acid.
A study published in the Journal of Nutrition in March 2005 showed that adding avocados to salad increased absorption of alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and lutein 7.2, 15.3, and 5.1 times higher, respectively, than the average amount of these carotenoids absorbed when avocado-free salad was eaten. This is one reason I eat avocados with my salads on a regular basis!
Hass avocados have been found to be the most densely concentrated variety of the avocado fruit. They contain the highest content of lutein and zeaxanthin and other fat-soluble nutrients.
Both types of avocados are terrific for the digestive system as they contain a good variety of both soluble and insoluble fibers.
Avocados are one of the best anti-aging foods that prevent wrinkles and skin aging. The D-manno-heptulose sugar that is found in avocados has been shown to improve the skin epidermis by boosting collagen formation.
Avocados also contain specific amino acids and carotenoid antioxidants that reduce age spots, soothe inflammation and heals scars and burns. Another great reason to eat avocados on a daily basis.
When looking to find a ripe avocado it is best to fell the consistency rather than judge them off of their color. They will get darker as they ripen so the forest green are typically not ripe yet.
Ripe avocados that are still good are typically firm but have slight give to them. Any sort of mushy consistency is a warning sign that the inside meat is oxidized and rotten. Refrigerating your avocados will increase their shelf life while putting them in a bag with an old banana peel will make them ripen faster.
Note: The original arfticle was published by Dr. Jocker on Facebook.