These delicious spherical fruits originated in Central and South America, particularly in the state of Puebla Mexico. Their smooth, creamy texture and subtle flavor fuels the popularity of avocados, especially as they provide the body with a large list of nutritional benefits. It is not surprising that this velvety and satisfying fruit is known as the “butter fruit” in India. Keep in mind that avocados differ from butter as they offer healthy monounsaturated fats and an array of antioxidants!
Benefits of Avocados:
- Antioxidant: This fruit may help reduce vascular damage and the build up of bad cholesterol, therefore contributing to our cardiovascular health!
- Contains high concentrations of carotenoids, especially in the dark green flesh directly below the skin. These may also improve heart and vascular health and promote healthy aging.
- Monounsaturated fats in avocados improve absorption of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which may reduce the risk of age-related eye dysfunction.
- Preliminary research has indicated that avocados may reduce the risk of mouth, skin and prostate cancer.
- May aid in weight management by increasing satiety. As well, monounsaturated fats in the fruit may aid in the prevention of abdominal fat accumulation.
Nutritional Value of 1/4 of an avocado:
- 58 calories
- 3 g carbohydrate
- 7 g protein
- 5 g of fat
- 3 g of fibre
- Good source of antioxidants
Did you know?
As an avocado ripens, it’s saturated fat content (fat that increases blood cholesterol) decreases and its monounsaturated fat (heart healthy fat) content increases! In other words, a soft and ripe avocado not only tastes more delicious, but it also contains healthier fats compared to a hard unripe avocado.