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20 Detox Foods


Updated July 25, 2014

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Trish Parisy
Why Avocados?

During the low-fat diet craze of the 1980s and 90s , avocados became an off-limits food because of their fat content. While they do contain a fair amount of fat, they are high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat which won’t interfere with the balance of omega-3 to -6 fatty acids in the diet.

Fat is essential during a detox diet, because it promotes the release of bile from the gallbladder, allowing for the elimination of toxins from the body and the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins including vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin K. Besides providing a desirable fat, avocados also contain vitamin E, folate, vitamin B5 and potassium. One half-cup of avocado has a whopping 8 grams of dietary fiber.

Healthy Ways to Enjoy It

Another reason avocado is prized as a detox food is because it can be used as a substitute for many foods that are off limits during a detox, particularly milk and cream. It’s natural rich and buttery texture adds creaminess to smoothies. Avocado can also be added to salads or made into a dip.

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