Botanical Name: Persea Americana
Other Name: Alligator Pear, Pear Butter
Avocado has a color that is deep olive green and the flesh has a rich buttery flavor and smooth texture.
Is Avocado a vegetable or a fruit? Although it is often mistaken for a vegetable, the avocado is a fruit.
Uses of Avocado : Avocados are used not only in salads and the popular guacamole, but also in breads, desserts, main dishes, and in shampoo, hair treatment, soap, facial creams and body lotion.
Avocado Varieties: The fruit is primarily pear-shaped, but some varieties are almost round. They may also range in color from dark green to almost black and from yellow to crimson. They weigh from 1 ounce to up to 4 pounds each.
Health Benefits of Avocado:
- Beneficial for malnutrition because it contains plenty of vitamins and minerals.
- Beneficial in treating Male impotency because of its richness of nutrients, it can also inhibit the growth of prostate cancer.
- Contain more protein than any other fruit – approximately 2 grams in a 4-ounce serving.
- More potassium than bananas, and the highest fiber content of any fruit.
- High content of lutein – an antioxidant which is beneficial in preventing age related eye problems like cataract and macular degeneration.
- When eaten at least 3x a week can help boost the production of collagen.
- Avocado doubles the production of glutathione S-transferase, an enzyme that speeds the rate at which the liver removes fat-trapping toxins from the body.
- Contains a dose of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA’s). A diet rich in this fatty acids can help women lose more abdominal fat than those on a low-fat meal plan.
Nutrient Content of Avocado: Per 100gm.
- Vitamin A: 290 I.U.
- Vitamin B: Thiamine 290mg.; Riboflavin .13mg.; Niacin 1.1mg
- Vitamin C: 16mg.
- Calcium: 10mg.
- Iron: .6mg.
- Phosphorus: 38mg.
- Fat: 26.4 gm.
- Carbohydrates: 5.1gm.
- Protein: 1.7gm.
- Calories: 245
- The avocado should be used sparingly. It contains approximately 200 calories in a 4-ounce serving and it has more fat and calories than any other fruit.
- Unlike most fruits, avocados start to ripen only after being cut from the tree. In fact, the mature fruit can be left on the tree for six months without spoiling. Once picked, however; a green avocado will ripen in a few days.
“This post was originally published on January 8, 2012 @ 22:20″