First & foremost, it is delicious and almost as essential as oxygen and water, but is it a fruit or a vegetable
Since it grows on a tree and is part of the reproductive organ of the plant that also carries the seed, it is technically and biologically a fruit.
The West Indian variety produce enormous, smooth and round, glossy green fruits that are low in oil and weigh up to 2 pounds.
Guatemalan types produce medium oval or pear-shaped, pebbled green fruits that turn a very dark or blackish-green when ripe.
The Mexican varieties are small (6 - 10 ounces) with paper-thin skins that turn glossy green or almost black when ripe.
Inside, the flesh are deep green near the skin, becoming yellowish toward the single large, inedible and oval seed.
The flesh is hard when harvested but softens to a buttery texture.
High in monosaturates, the oil content is second only to olives among fruits, and sometimes greater.
Avocados are vibrant, healthy, yummy and great in a salad, but have you wondered about the benefits?
Well, wonder no more!
Below we offer you eight benefits and what makes them so awesome and chock full of wonderful healthy goodness.
1. Healthy Hair
Are you prone to dry tangled hair?
Well, these super fruits could definitely help you with that.
They have B vitamins, beta-carotene, copper, vitamin-E, vitamin-C, and healthy fats.
These are all great for giving your hair healthy shine and luster!
So use products with them in it, to really reap the benefits and all that they have to offer.
2. Eye Health
If you want to keep those beautiful eyes nice and healthy, eat avocados!
They promote and improve eyesight because they have carotenoid lutein in them.
Lutein protects against degeneration and can even prevent cataracts!
Try slicing one into your salad a few times per week.
3. A Healthy Heart, Makes A Healthy You
A healthy heart is the foundation for a healthy life.
Well, one cup of this tasty super fruit has a high percentage (23%) of Folate (vitamin found in leafy green vegetables), which aid in overall health.
The healthy fats and vitamin-E are good for the heart too.
So, your heart will be healthy, as will the rest of you!
4. Lower Cholesterol Levels
There are so many foods out there that boast “low cholesterol,” but how can you really be sure?
The key is to find, natural or organic foods.
And we can’t think of anything as great for cholesterol as these.
They have beta-sitosterol in them, which helps in lowering it.
5. Vitamin-E Intake
These super fruits are a great source of vitamin-E, and when you have vitamin-E, you are better equipped to protect against disease!
Vitamin-E also aids in revitalizing your skin to make it soft and supple.
6. Overall Oral Health
Another good thing is they can help maintain your gleaming smile because the compounds in them help find cancerous oral cells and destroy them without interfering with other healthy cells.
7. Absorption of Nutrition
Healthiness is all about eating right and having the proper nutrition.
They're great for improving the absorption of certain nutrients.
Carotenoids from other fruits and vegetables are absorbed more efficiently when you eat avocados.
Some research shows it can even increase absorption by 5 times versus people who don’t eat them!
8. They Are Tasty
They add depth to a salad, and they're great as guacamole.
They can definitely spice up many meals.
If you’re not fond of the taste, you can sneak them into your green smoothies to get the goodness into your system!
Overall, they have so many benefits, and it’s hard to list them all!
But, it’s important to know the benefits so that you can make the most out of them, and add some flavor and nutrition to your diet.
And, don’t be afraid of the fats in them, they're totally healthy and good for you, so munch away!
An Excellent Guacamole Recipe
The trick to great guacamole is using good, ripe avocados.
Check for ripeness by gently pressing the outside of the fruit.
If there is no give, it's not ripe yet and won't taste very good.
If there is a little give, bingo!
If there's a lot of give, it's probably past it's prime.
This recipe takes all of about 10 minutes.
All you really need for guacamole is ripe avocados and salt.
After that, the next most important ingredient is lime juice (or lemon if you don't have lime).
Then comes the tomatoes, cumin, cilantro, garlic, onion, and cayenne.
3 Avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
1 lime, juiced
2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 medium red onion, diced
1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
1 Tbs. chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced
pinch of cayenne
Cut avocados into large dice.
Add the salt, cumin, and cayenne and mash using a fork.
Alternately, use a pestle and mortar if you have one on hand.
Mash to desired consistency.
Fold in the onions, tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeño and garlic.
Add lime juice to taste and ole!Tweet
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