Avocado, considered as the most perfect food on the planet, is native to Mexico and has been used for 10,000 years. The Spanish conquistadors discovered the existence of this fruit in the Americas, where it was later on introduced to Europe. In the 1700s, Sailors from Europe used avocado in place of butter as biscuit spread. It was in 1856 that this fruit was introduced to California.
Avocadoa are a single seed berry with a creamy texture and a tough skin. They belong to Persea Americana, an evergreen tree that can grow to a height of 65 feet. Depending on the variety, they may weigh 8 ounces to 3 pounds apiece. This fruit will not ripen on trees. It has to be picked to start ripening. Leave them on the tree and they will store for 7 months or more. Avocado is available throughout the year with its peak during spring and summer in California.
This amazing superfood contains more than 25 essential nutrients needed by the body. It is also a source of protein, fiber and powerful phytochemicals like lutein, beta-sitosterol and glutathione including large amounts of vitamins A, B, C, E, K and minerals like copper, magnesium, potassium, iron and phosphorus.
Let’s have a few of the amazing benefits this fruit can offer.
It contains a high level of folic acid and vitamin B6 to regulate the homocysteine level of the body thereby reducing the risk of heart disease. Folic acid is needed to prevent birth defects. This fruit is rich in bete-sitosterol, a compound that is very effective in lowering the level of blood cholesterol. This super fruit contains antioxidants that boost immune systems. The amount of potassium can effectively control blood pressure levels. It carries polyphenols and flavonoids, two phytonutrients that have anti-inflammatory properties, reducing the risk of degenerative disorders.
Avocado can reverse insulin resistance to help regulate blood sugar levels, because of the monounsaturated fats it holds. It has oleic acid, which is effective in preventing breast cancer.
For people who wants to gain weight, this is the food to eat. A 100 grams has 200 calories!
Avocado can also be beneficial to skin health. Its monounsaturated fat improves the skin tone by maintaining a good moisture to the skin’s epidermal layer making it feel soft. The antioxidant in avocado protects the skin from visible signs of aging like wrinkles. Both vitamins C and E that it holds helps in keeping the skin’s elasticity and guards the skin from photo–aging due to sun exposure.
The mighty avocado, make it a part your daily diet now.
You may want to pick up one today and try mixing it with ice cream… That’s what they do in Brazil!
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