Do you love avocados? Do you know how beneficial are they? Is avocado regularly present on your plate? Do you know that it is loaded with health benefits? Today, I invite you to discover more about it and as a result make it your “eating habit”.
The avocado (Persea americana) is a tree, long thought to have originated in South Central Mexico. Classified as a member of the flowering plant family Lauraceae. Avocado (also alligator pear) refers to the tree’s fruit, which is botanically a large berry containing a single large seed.
Avocados are commercially valuable and are cultivated in tropical and Mediterranean climates throughout the world. They have a green-skinned, fleshy body that may be pear-shaped, egg-shaped, or spherical. Commercially, they ripen after harvesting. (source: Wikipedia)
Avocado and its Health Benefits:
1. Avocado is the only fruit that provides a substantial amount of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA)
2. Avocado is Incredibly Nutritious: Vitamin K, Folate, Vitamin C, Potassum, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E.
In plus, small amounts of Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin)
3. As well, Avocados contain lots of Fiber
4. Protein — Avocados are on the list of top protein foods. Having the highest protein and lowest sugar content of any fruit, avocados offer a unique balance to building lean muscle mass and burning fat. Isn’t that what everyone is craving for?
If you are interested to discover what other plants are reach in proteins, then I recommend you a “Protein and its Best Plant Based Sources” article with attractive and free printable charts.
5. Osteoporosis treatment. Saponins Substances are present in avocados, soy and some other plant foods. Saponins are associated with relief of symptoms in knee osteoarthritis.
6. Avocados are Loaded with Powerful Antioxidants.
7. 1 avocado (medium, whole) = 250 calories = 23 grams total fat (not a saturated fat)
8. Avocados may play a role in cancer prevention. Studies show that the phytochemicals in avocados may prevent the growth of and cause the cell death of precancerous and cancerous cell lines.
I tried my very first Avocado in Cyprus, directly from the tree. Sprinkled with freshly picked lemon (from the nearby tree as well) and topped up with Mediterranean salt. Such an interesting adventure for my tastebuds. Mainly due to a flavor and texture I never experienced before. But I loved it!
Also, I enjoyed Avocados even more when served with a seafood salad nicely placed in a pit hole and gently sprinkled with an olive oil. Now, I add avocados everywhere: in my wraps, sandwiches, salads or simply cut it in half add served.
In plus, please check this awesome Recipe by Sugar Free Mom. Easy Mediterranean Salad Stuffed Avocado is the perfect summer solution to a quick Dairy Free and Low Carb meal!
Looks like it’s time to enjoy my perfectly ripened avocado!