Avocado as a Potassium Source – Benefits and RecipesMay 19, 2010
The content of potassium in an avocado is higher than that from a banana, with an estimated 540 mg. of potassium per 3 oz. serving. Avocado, one of the most common potassium rich foods, offers a wide range of great health benefits, and has long been considered a healing fruit. Below are the list of health benefits that an avocado brings you.
For Bad Breath
Avocado is a natural resource that helps lessen bad breath. It is an effective remedy in removing decomposition and intestinal putrefaction – which normally cause coated tongue.
For Your Beauty Regimen
Avocado – with its high levels of potassium – also plays the role of beauty aid. The oil widely extracted is for use in creams, moisturisers, cleansers, shampoos, bath oils, hair tonic and scalp conditioner. Or you can get it directly from the source…
For The Heart
The high potassium content of avocado helps to regulate blood pressure – and may help prevent strokes and heart problems.
For Ulcer Relief
Avocado is widely used to soothe and heal. It acts as a soothing surface to quiet stomach ulcers. The potassium and other various nutrients present in avocados provide an effective treatment for ulcers.
For Lower Cholesterol
Avocados contain linoleic acids – which lower the cholesterol level in your body.
For Good Eyesight
Avocado’s may also protect your eyes against vision shattering illnesses, help improve eyesight and even prevent certain eye problems such as glaucoma and cataracts.
For Your Immune System
If you eat potassium rich foods such as avocados on a regular basis, your immune system will be strengthened as a result.
For Your Baby’s Development
Avocado has a high level of folate. This is one of the essential nutrients needed for fetal development.
For Healthy Kidneys
When avocados are consumed regularly, they help reduce urinary excretions. This lessens the risk of developing kidney stones.
For A Balanced Body
Food high in potassium, especially avocados, help us balance our nerve function, muscle function and energy metabolism.
Potassium Rich Food – Avocado Recipes
I. Citrus Avocado Salad
The recipe contains vitamin C and potassium. This taste treat can serve as a complete and very filling meal for lunch, and will certainly help boost your potassium levels.
8 cups of mixed salad greens
2 oranges, chopped and separated
1 chopped avocado
I tablespoon (14 grams) of walnuts, chopped
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) lime juice
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) olive oil
1/8 (.021 ounce) teaspoon ground red pepper
¼ teaspoon (1 gram) salt
1 tablespoon (5 grams) chopped cilantro
1. Prepare the salad: use a large salad bowl, arrange the greens. Top up with avocado and oranges. Sprinkle it with walnuts.
2. Prepare the dressing: use a small bowl. Whisk the lime, oil, juice, cilantro, pepper and salt together. Sprinkle over the salad and mix gently.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
II. Tomato and Avocado Salad with Green Empress Dressing
8.5 ounces sweet peas in can – drained
1 cup of fresh herbs
2 scallions – chopped and trimmed
2 cloves garlic – chopped
½ cup (2 ounces) of buttermilk – low fat
1 tablespoon (.5 ounce) olive oil
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) distilled vinegar – white
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) lemon juice
¼ teaspoon (1 gram) black pepper – freshly grounded
Pinch of salt
Cut 3 large tomatoes into 6 slices
Cut and peel 2 small avocados into 9 wedges
18 slices of low-fat mozzarella
Ground pepper and salt to taste
Cut 1 lemon into wedges
1. First make the dressing. Put all the dressing ingredients together in a blender until smooth.
2. Put the tomato wedges, avocado slices and mozzarella slices on individual plates. Add pepper and salt. Sprinkle the dressing over the salad along with lemon wedges. Serve the rest of the dressing on a side plate.
Preparation Time: 35 minutes