There is nothing like hitting a goldmine when it comes to primal/paleo food. There are countless foods that I have discovered that are full of nutrition, extremely versatile and incredibly delicious. Avocado happens to be one of them. Since going primal about 3.5 months ago, I have eaten more and more avocado. It amazes me that I did not touch this food before 2010. I used to HATE avocado. Today, it is possibly my favorite food.
Why is it my favorite food? Well, it goes with everything. Literally. I add it to smoothies, on top of meat, throw it in salads, enjoy guacamole, eat it with eggs, enjoy it on it’s own and more. To me, there is nothing NOT to like about avocados.
When I look at the nutritional profile of a raw California avocado, I can almost label it as the perfect food. Now, I am NOT going to do this because I doubt you could live off of avocados. But, if you were going to only live off of 10 foods, avocado would be one of them; at least for me.
There are many different varieties of avocados, but for the sake of this post, I am going to look at California avocados since those are the ones I eat even though I currently live in Michigan.
I enjoy eating primal foods and not worrying about if I am getting all the nutrients. But, when you look at an individual food, I do enjoy looking up the nutritional information of that food since it is so easy in the modern world. I mean, why not? If you are able to find out that avocados are jam packed full of nutrition, then why not eat them daily?
The following stands out to me
- 227 Calories, 175 Calories from Fat (Perfect!)
- 21 g Fat – 2.9 Saturated, 13.3 Monounsaturated, 2.5 Polyunsaturated
- 2.3 g Omega 6 Fatty Acids (not too high)
- 12 g Carbs – 9 from Fiber, 0 from Sugar
- 3 g Protein – with all 9 essential amino acids
- 20% Vitamin C
- 13% Vitamin E
- 36% Vitamin K
- 11% Riboflavin
- 13% Niacin
- 20% Vitamin B6
- 30% Folate
- 20% Pantothenic Acid
- 10% Magnesium
- 20% Potassium
- 12% Copper
- 10% Manganese
This data was taken from this page.
Doesn’t this list look attractive?
I think so. Sure, you might not eat a whole avocado in one sitting. I usually eat 1/2 an Avocado, but often times I find myself eating a whole one. If I remember correctly, these California avocados run at $1 each. With this much nutrition, I label avocados as a bargain food. I buy as much food as possible from the farmers market and continue to up the percentage, but I love avocados…
How do you like your avocados? With what food? Are they one of your favorites?