Avocados are a trendy food popular with vegans, but their ability to help improve a low mood can help everyone and it’s all down to their fat content. They’re rich in a monounsaturated fat called oleic acid that promotes good brain function and is thought to help protect against cognitive decline.
Around 75% of an avocado is fat (so they’re also calorific and best limited to once or twice a week) and our brains are almost 60% fat, therefore the good fats in our diet help to support overall brain health.
Avocados are also rich in an amino acid called tyrosine that the body needs in order to manufacture the happy hormone, dopamine. The more dopamine we can produce, the better our mood.
Try this easy weekend brunch – smash a ripe avocado with the back of a fork, add a sprinkling of sea salt and fresh coriander and a squeeze of lemon and serve on brown toast.