Adding avocados is a brilliant way to make them more sustaining and nutritious. As well as containing 20 different vitamins and minerals they are an excellent source of good oils. Most of the fat in avocado is oleic acid – a heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acid that is also the major component in olive oil.
Various studies have shown that eating avocado can improve heart disease risk factors like cholesterol, as well as blood triglycerides. Avocados are also a very good source of soluble fibre – this type of fibre can help feed friendly gut bacteria. One average size avocado contains about a quarter of the soluble fibre we are recommended to ear each day.
An interesting study showed that eating avocado can help people lose weight as they keep people feeling fuller for longer which reduces the desire to eat other foods.
Avocados are are also an excellent source of antioxidants, including Lutein and Zeaxanthin – nutrients which are very important for eye health!
Do you love avocados? Our Nutrition Lead Helen Cooke does too! Come to see her in Bristol now.
Our Nutrition Lead Helen Cooke will speak to the Friends about the impact nutrition and food can have on health and wellbeing, and what we can do to positively address imbalances and recurring problems.
Helen has previously helped to deliver the Portland Centre’s Food for Wellbeing course at Bakesmiths, and now delivers a Nutrition for Wellbeing clinic as part of the Associate Therapist team. She is also involved in Kitchen on Prescription.
We’re happy (and hungry) to announce details of our next Friends for Wellbeing event: a nutrition talk!
On 1st July the Clifton Library on Princess Victoria Street, Bristol, will host a talk on the impact nutrition and food can have on our health and wellbeing. We will also discuss how to positively address imbalances and recurring problems through diet.
To book your place to attend our Nutrition talk in Bristol, please visit our Eventbrite page!
Are you stuck trying to lose weight? Perhaps you have a long term illness or deficiency that you want to address naturally through your diet? Our Nutrition Lead Helen Cooke can help!
As well as speaking about the role of nutrition in good health and wellbeing, Helen will give an overview of the Portland Centre’s nutrition approach – the Portland Pyramid – and explain the health benefits of the different categories (including which oils and types of fibre are best). She will also give an introduction to the amazing health benefits of beneficial bacteria and how we can introduce these into our daily diet.
Helen will be sure to allow plenty of opportunity for discussion and there will be a 20 minute Q&A slot.