Many fruits are have high water content and consist primarily of carbohydrate, but Avocado is filled with healthy fats.
Avocado also called "Persea americana" is native to Mexico and Central America. They are mainly grown in tropical and mediterranean climates. This fruit comes in different kind of shapes from pear to round and can vary from green to black.
Some of the nutrients in avocados are: vitamin (K, C, B5, B6, E), folate, and potassium. While it is low in saturated fat, this fruit does not contain any cholesterol or sodium.
1. Avocados contain more potassium than bananas. This helps maintain electrical gradients in the body's cells and serve other vital functions.
2. Avocados are loaded with heart-healthy monosaturated fatty acids (similar to olive oil). In addition, eating avocado or avocado oil with veggies can dramatically increase the amount of antioxidants you take in.
3. Avocados can lower levels of bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels that leads to heart disease.
Uses: The fruit is widely used in culinary and also beauty purposes.
- Mashed avocado as natural baby food
- Avocado Oil as natural sunscreen
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Tips: If you're planning to use avocado for dips, make sure you skip the salty (ex: high calories tortilla chips) for a heart-healthy snack.
- An avocado ripens quicker when placed beside a banana or an apple.
- To find out if an avocado is ripe, look under the dry litle spot on the stem end. If it's green, the avocado is perfectly ripe. If it's brown, the fruit is overripe.