Wise-Up Wednesday: Alligator Pears = Brain Food

The avocado is known as the alligator pear because of the shape and rough skin of the most common variety.

These fruits range in color, size and texture.  They are a high-fiber, sodium- and cholesterol-free food that provides nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, is rich in healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (such as omega-3 fatty acids), vitamins A, C, D, E, K and the B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12 and folate) — as well as potassium.

While the avocado is great brain food, there are some drawbacks to consider it is high in calories with 85 percent coming from fat.  However, it has a better fat than your deep fried fries.  It is a monosaturated fat, which contributes to healthy blood flow, which according to Dr. Kulze on a WebMD article, means a healthy brain.  They also lower blood pressure according to Dr. Stephen Pratt.

Dr. Daniel G. Amen, a clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist, brain-imaging expert and author of the New York Times bestseller Change Your Brain, Change Your Life counts avocados as one of the top brain-healthy foods that can help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease.

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