Things you didn’t know ABOUT AVOCADOS !!

Super fruit AVOCADO, packs a nutritional punch

Many people have different interpretations as to what is the world’s most perfect food. The food that provides the most nutrients on its own, is not processed, contains no harmful chemicals, does not contribute to any illnesses or lifestyle conditions, and can be consumed with relative EASE.

Sounds like a tall order for a single food right? As a matter of fact, it is not so unachievable.
Depending on who we listen to, or what part of the planet you call home, you may come up with different ideas for a near perfect single food.

 

MILK, was once thought of as the perfect food, but with recent research citing inflammatory properties, and the negative effects of pasteurization, this belief is dwindling. Add that to a growing percentage of people who develop intolerances to cow’s milk, the trend is to believe that milk may only be the perfect food for calves. Don’t forget, the body develops intolerances to anything which enters the body and is perceived as a threat. An intolerance is the body’s defense mechanism to protect itself from harm.
No animal protein, fruit or vegetable can stand on its own as a perfect food, because of the limited diversity of nutrients they contain, but the AVOCADO comes pretty close to claiming that distinction.
This marvel of a fruit is grown in warm climates. It is thought to have originated in Mexico, where it has been consumed for as many as 10,000 years. AVOCADOS also thrive in other tropical countries. In the USA, It grows well in Southern California as well as Florida, (for obvious reasons)

I BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW (ABOUT AVOCADOS)

There are hundreds of varieties of avocados worldwide. Most of the avocados grown and eaten in the USA are “Hass” avocados, named after the person who patented the variety in the early 20th century in California. The Hass avocado is also thought to contain a greater concentration of nutrients and less water than many other varieties. This variety is smaller than most and turns a purple color when ripe. I would say Mr. Rudolph Hass knew a good thing with lots of potential way back then.
Until I was a young adult, I never heard the word avocado even though I watched them grow, and mature, and enjoyed them on their own in salads and sandwiches, every season. That is because in Barbados we simply call them pears. It’s the only pear shaped fruit we knew of so, we simply called it a pear.
With so much emphasis being placed on preventing sickness and diseases by improving our consumption of natural foods, the avocado has been getting a lot of attention, and finding its way into many plates.

AVOCADOS ARE A NUTRITIONAL POWERHOUSE

Many nutritionists believe that the avocado contains most of the nutrients that a human body requires for survival.
Avocados can boast of fourteen different minerals which help to regulate body functions and contribute to growth and cell repair. The importance of minerals in food is one of the areas that is vastly underestimated and ignored.
Avocados contain adequate amounts of healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (such as omega-3 fatty acids. Foods naturally rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as avocados, are widely acknowledged as the secret to a healthy heart, a brilliant brain and better eyesight. These so-called good fats help to lower the triglycerides, in the bloodstream, lower cholesterol and control diabetes.
Avocados are rich in vitamins A, C, D, E, K. It contains several B vitamins such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12. Folate is a water soluble B vitamin which is known for promoting healthy cell and tissue development and can be found in AVOCADOS.

AVOCADOS “Does the body good”

HEALTHY ALTERNATIVE. “Avocado Tuna Salad”

Avocados are credited with contributing to the control and even prevention of such debilitating conditions as, Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other health conditions.
Have you heard of the marvels of a banana for potassium levels? Well; (drum roll please!!!!) Avocados contains up to 60% more potassium than bananas by volume. Avocados come toting an ample supply of both potassium and oleoic acid, which both lowers cholesterol and reduces the risk of High Blood Pressure.
I am sure you heard of that carrots are good for your eyes. That is because carrots like most orange coloured fruits and vegetables have a considerable amount of a powerful anti-oxidant called carotenoid. Avocados also contains nearly as much of that anti-oxidant which protects against cataracts and macular degeneration, as other vegetables and fruits.
Lutein is normally found in green leafy vegetables such as spinach, celery and parsley. Recent research has found that avocados have the highest source of lutein of the 20 most consumed fruits. And the bonus for us CELIACS, avocados are  totally GLUTEN FREE

AVOCADOS FOR BEAUTY CARE

Avocado oil has found its way into the list of natural essential oils for hair and skin. Many cosmetic and anti-aging preparations, now boasts the inclusion of avocado oils. Shampoos, conditioners, hair growth products and many more, get to imcrease their prices by boasting the inclusion of “avocado oil”. The amount added is always questionable to my mind, but I don’t worry about it, because I eat avocados almost every day.
You don’t have to wait for your next visit to a Mexican restaurant to enjoy avocados. They can be obtained in almost every grocery store. To pick an avocado, feel it to make sure it is still firm to the touch. If it is too soft, it is over ripe and would not be a good pick. A ripe avocado should give slightly when pressed. If it is hard to the touch, sit it in an open place away from direct sunlight until it ripens. A ripe avocado can then be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week before use.
There are many recipes in which you can use your avocados. Some can be seen here. My favorite is to slice it and eat it.

One final reminder!!! ABOUT AVOCADOS

Like the coconut, the avocado has had a bad reputation because of the fat content. Researchers and nutritionists are now recognizing that these are good fats which the body needs and craves, and are more beneficial than harmful.

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