Avocados contain Lutein which reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke, and age related macular degeneration.
They also contain beta-sitosterol – a plant sterol, which lowers cholesterol by blocking the absorption of bad cholesterol in the intestine.
Avocados are also high in Vitamin B, E, and K, magnesium, folate, potassium, glutathione, monounsaturated fats, and omega-3 fatty acids.
In other words they are highly nutritious and full of healthy fats. Enjoy!
Warning: Avocados, bananas, eggplant, pineapple, plums, tomatoes, and walnuts contain large amounts of serotonin. Which normally is a good thing. Serotonin is the feel good chemical. But – eating them seventy-two hours before a carcinoid tumor test can create a false-positive result. Carcinoid tumors sometimes arise from tissues of the endocrine or gastrointestinal systems and secrete serotonin, a chemical that causes blood vessels to expand or contract. Because serotonin is excreted in the urine, these tumors are diagnosed by measuring the serotonin levels in the urine, and eating these foods before such a test can indicate tumors when in fact none are present. These foods should be avoided before undergoing such a test.