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Avocados do not juice. To include them in juices you need to juice the other ingredients in the recipe and then blend the juice with the flesh of the avocado.

I am sure some people may be reading this and thinking “then you are not juicing, you are making a smoothie”.

I guess in the strictest sense this is true. The addition of the blended avocado would technically turn the juice into a smoothie.

I’ve even created separate areas on NaturalJuiceJunkie.com for juice recipes and smoothie recipes, so why am I now saying I include avocado when doing a period on “juice only” – commonly referred to as a juice cleanse, juice fast, juice detox or a juice reboot?

Avocados are a true superfood

Technically classified as a fruit, Avocados are an excellent source of many important nutrients. Oh, and when you blend them into juices they taste rich and creamy too.

Historically, those on diets have often avoided avocados due to their high fat content, but not all fats are the same.

Our body can adapt most fatty acids in food to suit its requirements. There are, however, some fatty acids the body cannot make by itself that are required to maintain health. These are called essential fatty acids (EFAs).

“In short, essential fatty acids govern every life process in our body. Life without them is impossible. When our foods are EFA-poor, we can expect a diversity of health problems.” 

Udo Erasmus – Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill

Avocados are an excellent source of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) and these fats also help us to absorb and use the fat soluble nutrients such as carotenes.

In addition to essential fats, avocados are also a great source of protein and have been shown to have many health benefits including helping to increase nutrient absorption,  reducing the risk of stroke, lowering cholesterol levels,  controlling blood pressure, regulating the blood sugar levels and protecting against cancer.

Whilst technically blending a juice with avocado might turn it into a smoothie, it works for me and I think it is important to remember that there are no rules to juicing. We are all different and ultimately I suggest each and every one of us listens to our own body to decide what makes us feel most healthy.

One last thing, if you ever feel hungry on a reboot, avocados are great for helping you to feel satiated and full too!

 

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