Recently, avocados have been popping up everywhere: on salads, in tacos, on toast, in smoothies, as an easy-to-digest first food for babies, and even on their own as a delicious snack. Why is this odd-looking, bumpy, pear-shaped food suddenly so popular? Avocados are definitely tasty and versatile, and their rich flavor is mild enough to complement many dishes. In addition to being tasty, researchers find that avocados are also extremely nutritious. Here’s why Temple hourly caregivers should add more avocado to their senior loved one’s diet.
Avocados contain a surprising number of different nutrients and phytochemicals. According to a study performed in Texas by Dr. Mark Dreher and Adrienne Davenport, which was published in the journal Critical Review of Food Science in 2013, these nutrients affect many different aspects of health. For example, avocados contain both E and C vitamins, which few other foods naturally contain. This nutritious combination has been shown to slow down the progress of heart disease. Avocados also provide vitamins K and B-6, folate and potassium, all of which are necessary for cardiovascular health.
These heart-healthy fruits also contain monounsaturated fats, which are considered good fats that positively impact heart health by reducing unhealthy LDL cholesterol levels while boosting healthy HDL cholesterol. This means that Temple post-stroke caregivers can reduce the risk of stroke by replacing regular, dairy-based dips and spreads with avocado-based options to lower blood levels of saturated fats.
Doctors Dreher and Davenport show that the fiber found in half an avocado meets one-third of the daily requirement, even though most people wouldn’t guess there was any fiber at all in this creamy fruit. Fiber is important because it is necessary for healthy digestion. The other carbohydrates in avocados have an extremely low glycemic index, which means an avocado doesn’t spike insulin levels like simple carbs do. Because of this dietary fiber, avocado remains a healthy source of fats and sugars that won’t prompt heart disease or stroke.
Heart disease and stroke are serious conditions that seniors often need help recovering from. Home Care Assistance provides compassionate post-stroke senior home care Temple families trust to promote healthy diet, regular exercise, and mobility assistance to encourage a quick and effective recovery at home. Call 254-856-0600 today to speak with a knowledgeable Care Manager and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.