An Avocado: Nutritional and Medicine Values

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Avocado Benefits

An avocado is a fruit from an avocado tree. It is also called Persea Americana, which is thought to have originated from South Central Mexico. The Avocado is classified as a member of the flowering plant family Lauraceous.  Avocado (also alligator pear) is botanically a large berry containing a single large seed. There are many kinds of avocados with shapes from pear-shaped to round, and color from green to black, also varying in weigh.

This fruit is known for its high nutrient values. An avocado is added to all sorts of dishes due to its good flavor and rich smooth taste. These days, the avocado has become an incredibly popular food among health conscious individuals. It is often referred to as a super food. Avocados are very nutritious and contain a wide variety of nutrients, including 20 different vitamins and minerals.

Avocado” is the fruit from an avocado tree. It is also called Persea Americana, which is thought to have originated from South Central Mexico. The Avocado is classified as a member of the flowering plant family Lauraceous.  Avocado (also alligator pear) is botanically a large berry containing a single large seed. There are many kinds of avocados with shapes from pear-shaped to round, and color from green to black, also varying in weigh.

This fruit is known for its high nutrient values. An avocado is added to all sorts of dishes due to its good flavor and rich smooth taste. These days, the avocado has become an incredibly popular food among health conscious individuals. It is often referred to as a super food. Avocados are very nutritious and contain a wide variety of nutrients, including 20 different vitamins and minerals.

Avocados are commercially valuable and are cultivated in tropical and Mediterranean climates throughout the world. In Africa, avocados are grown and sold almost everywhere.

A typical avocado (100 g) is moderately  rich in several B vitamins and vitamin K, with good content of vitamin C, vitamin E and potassium .

Avocados have diverse fats. For a typical avocado: About 75% of its energy comes from fat, 67% of total fat is monounsaturated fat as oleic acid, through which rich oils like olive oil are made.

Oleic acid, is a natural fat acid that can be derived from many natural sources.  It’s a moisturizer, hence incorporated into many skin care items to keep the skin healthy and soft.  More so, it also boosts hair growth, it contains anti-aging properties, prevents dry scalp and dandruff. Likewise, an avocado soothes skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis, boosts the immune system, and fights free radical damage.

“Avocado” is the fruit from an avocado tree. It is also called Persea Americana, which is thought to have originated from South Central Mexico. The Avocado is classified as a member of the flowering plant family Lauraceous.  Avocado (also alligator pear) is botanically a large berry containing a single large seed. There are many kinds of avocados with shapes from pear-shaped to round, and color from green to black, also varying in weigh.

This fruit is known for its high nutrient values. An avocado is added to all sorts of dishes due to its good flavor and rich smooth taste. These days, the avocado has become an incredibly popular food among health conscious individuals. It is often referred to as a super food. Avocados are very nutritious and contain a wide variety of nutrients, including 20 different vitamins and minerals.

Avocados are commercially valuable and are cultivated in tropical and Mediterranean climates throughout the world. In Africa, avocados are grown and sold almost everywhere.

A typical serving of avocado (100 g) is moderate to be rich in several B vitamins and vitamin K, with good content of vitamin C, vitamin E and potassium .

Avocados have diverse fats. For a typical avocado: About 75% of its energy comes from fat, 67% of total fat is monounsaturated fat as oleic acid, through which rich oils like olive oil are made.

Oleic acid, is a natural fat acid that can be derived from many natural sources.  It’s a moisturizer, hence incorporated into many skin care items to keep the skin healthy and soft.  More so, it also boosts hair growth, it contains anti-aging properties, prevents dry scalp and dandruff. Likewise, an avocado soothes skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis, boosts the immune system, and fights free radical damage.

Oleic acid found in avocados is a rich in anti-inflammatory compounds which help prevent inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and autoimmune disorders. It supports cardiovascular health, thus reducing the chances of blocking arteries or building plaques, fights cancer, supports respiratory health, helps in weight loss (due to metabolism boost and energy efficiency), good for the brain, helps in regulating blood sugar by reducing the resistance of insulin.

Avocado oil has diverse uses for salads or cooking, and in cosmetics and soap products. Avocados do not contain any cholesterol or sodium, and are low in fat. One study showed that adding avocado or avocado oil to either salad or salsa can increase antioxidant absorption by 2.6 to 15-fold.

Not only are avocados healthy, they’re also incredibly delicious and go with all sorts of foods. You can add them to salads and various sorts of recipes, or you can simply scoop them out with a spoon and eat them plain. They have a creamy, rich, fatty texture and blend well with various other ingredients. The yellow-green flesh inside the fruit is eaten, but the skin and seed are discarded.

An avocado often takes some time to ripen and it should feel slightly soft when ripe. The nutrients in avocado can oxidize if cut and left exposed to air.  However, you can prevent this by sprinkling lemon, lime juice or any acidic agent, and keep it tightly covered in a container or plastic paper wrap. A good sized avocado goes for Rwandan francs 100 to 200 and above, varying in size and freshness, eat an avocado today for a healthier natural life.  Elsewhere in East Africa an avocado is one of the cheapest and readily available fruits.

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