Did you celebrate Cinco de Mayo yesterday? For those that don’t know, Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican celebration held in the United States to commemorate the triumph of the Mexican army over French forces in 1862. While history buffs revelled in the historical tales behind the festival, we foodies chose to stuff ourselves with the delicious Mexican cuisine that was on offer. Tacos, empanadas, burritos, chorizo and nachos all vanished down our throats in split seconds. If, like us you think you overdid it on the food, then there’s no need to worry. Guacamole, which is a dip served with many Mexican dishes is not only delicious but also very good for you. Find out why below.
1) Packed with vitamins
Avocados, the staple ingredients of guacamole contain high levels of vitamin K and vitamin A. Vitamin A helps protect vision and contains antioxidants which prevent cancer and cellular damage. Vitamin K improves the ability to take in calcium, which is good for your bones and is essential for blood clotting. Both vitamins can drastically boost you immune system.
2) Oleic Acid
Avocadoes also contain oleic acid, which helps your body keep arterial walls unclogged improving blood circulation and reducing the risk of heart disease.
Avocado really is a super fruit. It also has healthy amounts of magnesium which enables your body to make the best use of all the nutrients that you take in.
4) Nutrients in tomatoes
Tomatoes are another staple ingredient in guacamole. They contain Lycopene, which has been found to help prevent prostrate cancer. They also contain large amounts of Vitamin A and C and folic acid, which aids the production of red blood cells.
One cup of guacamole contains approximately 15 grams of fibre. High fibre diets reduce the risk of heart problems, and aid digestion.
So don’t feel guilty about the amount of guacamole you inhaled yesterday. Instead, feel free to indulge in it all year round; your body will thank you.