Do you know which fruit has a higher percentage of fat than carbohydrates? We can help you with a few pointers:
- The Aztecs called it the fruit of fertility. In the Aztec language, it is called ahuacatl which is the word denoting a part of male anatomy which looks like it.
- When the English encountered it for the first time they wrongly pronounced its name and since then it has been known as “alligator pear”.
- In South America it is called “winter apple”.
- Its scientific name is Persea Americana.
And now you are bound to guess what the fruit is – it is used to make ahuacamolli – the famous guacamole sauce.
Yes, that is avocado. In effect, alligator pear describes it well: its skin is greenish, uneven, just like an alligator’s and the fruit is pear-shaped. But a more suitable name would be – the fruit of the gods, because what hides under the skin is the meaty extremely nutritious part of the fruit.
If we were to make a list of the healthiest fruits of nature, avocado would surely be at the very top. Avocado is extremely rich in vitamins K, C, B5, B6, E, folate, potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc, and slightly smaller amounts of vitamins A, B1, B2 and B3. A mere 100 grams of this fruit contains 15 grams of extremely healthy fats and only 160 calories. Avocado contains a low percentage of carbohydrates, it has no cholesterol, sodium or saturated fats. That is why it is an ideal ingredient in various diets.
Avocado has a higher percentage of potassium than banana and is a real friend to persons suffering from high blood pressure, heart patients, those at risk from brain haemorrhage and those with kidney problems. An even more important reason for heart patients to embrace it is the fact that this fruit of paradise has a high percentage of the healthiest fats which are necessary for the normal functioning of the body. The largest proportion of fats in avocado is the oleic acid which can also be found in olive oil.
Serious clinical studies have proven that avocado can significantly reduce the levels of total cholesterol, triglycerides in the blood and increase the level of good cholesterol. Its oleic acid reduces inflammations and growth of tumours, and reduces the negative effects of chemotherapy. Avocado has been shown to prevent the growth of prostate cancer cells. Avocado oil is good for cooking as it tolerates heat well.
But that is not all: avocado has another two exceptional ingredients – lutein and zeaxanthin which protect our eyes. These carotenoids protect the retina against degenerative processes and prevent cataract. In addition, avocado has an anti-inflammatory effect that helps people who suffer from osteoarthritis.
Good fibres and D-Mannoheptulose, a type of sugar in avocado, give us the feeling of satiety and ensure that will not experience sudden fluctuations in our sugar levels. In addition, these fibres are soluble and thus they feed beneficial gut bacteria which aid our digestion and protect our immunity. We all know that it is not sufficient just to eat healthy ingredients, but the body needs help to absorb them. A study has proven that adding avocado oil to a salad increases the absorption of anti-oxidants by two to 15 times. Therefore, avocado is healthy by itself with its many beneficial ingredients, but it also helps us benefit from other ingredients contained in other foods. That is an additional reason that makes avocado an ideal ingredient of weight-loss diets as it deals with bad fats while nourishing our body and protecting our health.
Therefore, next time you go food-shopping and you reach for a highly-processed meat product full of preservatives – stop and think – walk to the vegetable section and buy avocado. Crush it and spread it over a slice of seeded bread, sprinkle paprika and sesame seeds over it. If you add to it a boiled egg you will end up with a very healthy meal.
Avocado is not only used as food, it can also be used in skincare. The essential fatty acids in avocado regenerate and rejuvenate the skin. Its oil has anti-bacterial properties and helps heal wounds, acne and dermatitis and relieve itching in eczema and psoriasis. Its use before sun exposure is highly recommended. Avocado oil is just one of the ingredients in the excellent Devi Regeneration Balm. This completely natural balm professionally made in Herba Svet laboratories helps heal skin conditions, speed up wound healing and can also be used for our daily skin care.