Avocados are one of the most popular super foods in today’s culture, but do you know why they are a super food? First are all those heart healthy fats that stabilize blood sugar levels. Then the wave of potassium that is instrumental in decreasing bloat by reducing fluid retention. Avocados are cholesterol and sodium free, and a 1-cup serving provides 10 g of fiber 12.5 g of carbohydrates and 3 g of protein. Avocados are an excellent source of B-complex vitamins. That same 1 cup of sliced avocados provides 40 percent of the daily recommended dietary allowance of pantothenic acid, 30 percent of the RDA of folate and 29 percent of the RDA of vitamin B6. Pantothenic acid aids energy and hormone production. Folate plays vital roles in protein metabolism, red blood cell formation, homocystein regulation, and the prevention of serious and often fatal neural tube birth defects. Vitamin B6 is essential to protein metabolism and absorption, red blood cell formation and lipid metabolism. We can’t forget about all that Vitamin E, which is also an antioxidant that helps protect cells against free radical damage. Most people in the United States do not consume enough vitamin E to fulfill their RDA, but clinical vitamin E deficiency is extremely rare in the U.S. Low-birth weight prematurely-born infants and individuals with malabsorption disorders are at highest risk for a vitamin E deficiency. Working this wonderful fruit into your diet can have exponential positive effects!