Everyone says about avocado that is a super food. But why? What are the arguments for which the avocado is one of the healthiest foods for you and your family?
1. It has monounsaturated fat (3 g per serving)
Monounsaturated fats help reduce cholesterol.
2. It has vitamin K (6.3 mcg, meaning 8% of the daily recommended dose per serving)
Vitamin K plays an important role in keeping the blood in optimal conditions and helps prevent clots. Some studies indicate that vitamin K keeps strong bones in the elderly.
3. It has folic acid (27 mcg, meaning 6% of the daily recommended dose per serving)
Folic acid helps cell development, especially in periods of rapid cell division and growth (pregnancy, infancy). Folic acid helps metabolize homocysteine and maintaining this amino acid in the blood working properly.
4. It has potassium (152 mg, meaning 4% of the daily recommended dose per serving)
Potassium is an important mineral for the human body, with an electrolyte role. It has multiple roles in metabolism and body function: cells, tissues, organs. It helps regulate acid-base balance. Potassium is necessary for muscle development. Avocado contains more potassium than a banana.
5. It has vitamin E (590 mg, meaning 4% of the daily recommended dose per serving)
This vitamin acts as an antioxidant and protects cells from free radicals. Vitamin E is important in the formation of red blood cells and helps the body manage K. Vitamin E protects the heart, skin and hair.
6. It has lutein (81 mcg)
Lutein is a powerful antioxidant that helps reduce the risk of eye diseases, protects skin health and reduces the risk of macular degeneration.
7. It contains magnesium (9.0 mg, meaning 2% of the daily recommended dose per serving)
An essential mineral that helps maintain the body’s various functions: relaxation / tension of muscles, production and transport of energy in the body.
8. It contains vitamin C (2.6 mg, meaning 4% of the daily recommended dose per serving)
A powerful antioxidant role in blocking free radicals, vitamin C helps to convert food into energy. Vitamin C helps tissue repair and collagen formation.
9. It contains vitamin B6 (0.086 mg, meaning 4% of the daily recommended dose per serving)
The body cannot store this vitamin, which means you always need an intake of vitamin B6. This vitamin helps the immune system to produce antibodies. Also, vitamin B6 helps the proper functioning of the nervous system and red blood cells. The body uses vitamin B6 for protein synthesis. The more protein you eat, the more you need more vitamin B6.
10. Curiosities about avocado
In the world, there are more than 500 varieties of avocado. California is the largest producer in the United States. Mexico is the largest producer in the world. Avocados are grown in states like Florida, Hawaii, South Africa, Chile, Israel, Argentina, Chile, Peru, New Zealand, Australia. The most widely usage for avocado is guacamole. Here is an easy guacamole recipe.
11. Avocado is a fruit, not a vegetable
While you’ve been tempted so far to say that avocado is a vegetable, you should know that it is a fruit. According to the University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources, the fruit is the mature part resulting from a flower.
12. Keep it next to a banana or an apple in order to make it ripe
I think you also have this issue with avocado not ripe enough in supermarkets. It is not soft and buttery as you need it, but you can leave it a few days in the dark, in a paper bag. Another trick is to place it next to a banana or an apple.
13. It’s perfect for skin and hair masks
Due to the rich content of essential fatty acids, avocado is useful for hair masks, but also for skin hydration. Also, avocado oil may be cold pressed to be used for its anti-wrinkle effect.
14. Keep your digestive system healthy
… by insoluble fiber content (75%) and soluble (25%) ones. Insoluble fiber cleanses the colon and prevents constipation and colorectal cancer, while the soluble ones regulates appetite (prolonging the feeling of fullness longer than other foods).