This little part of your salad packs a big health punch

AvocadoYou’ve probably heard avocado mentioned in the past as a “superfood” on multiple occasions. And that description is absolutely accurate!

It’s super in both health benefits and in flavor. At Cool Hand Luke’s, each of our salad entrees include avocado to go with the vegetables and meats that make those salads a complete meal that’ll satisfy both your appetite and your taste buds.

So for today, we wanted to share a few of the bigger health benefits that avocados bring to the table…

Oral Cancer Defense Research has shown that certain compounds in avocados are able to seek out pre-cancerous and cancerous oral cancer cells and destroy them without harming healthy cells.

Eye Health Avocados have more of the carotenoid lutein than any other commonly consumed fruit.  Lutein protects against macular degeneration and cataracts, two disabling age-related eye diseases.

Lower Cholesterol Avocados are high in beta-sitosterol, a compound that has been shown to lower cholesterol levels.  In one study, 45 volunteers experienced an average drop in cholesterol of 17% after eating avocados for only one week.

Heart Health One cup of avocado has 23% of the recommended daily value of folate.  Studies show that people who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower incidence of heart disease than those who don’t.  The vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, and glutathione in avocado are also great for your heart.

Stroke Prevention The high levels of folate in avocado are also protective against strokes.  People who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower risk of stroke than those who don’t.

Better Nutrient Absorption Research has found that certain nutrients are absorbed better when eaten with avocado.  In one study, when participants ate a salad containing avocados, they absorbed five times the amount of carotenoids (a group of nutrients that includes lycopene and beta carotene) than those who didn’t include avocados.

Vitamin E Powerhouse Avocados are the best fruit source of vitamin E, an essential vitamin that protects against many diseases and helps maintains overall health.

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And next time you visit us at Cool Hand Luke’s, get some avocado as part of your meal with any one of the salads on our menu.