Avocado – Utterly Butterly Nutritious

All fruits are good but some fruits have high nutritional value that are incomparable and can be easily sold off to a non-eater. Avocado is one such fruit with so many benefits that makes it hard not to love. Their silky butter-like texture and versatile flavor gives them the nick-name butter fruit. To have a love-affair with Avocados means to nourish your body with over 25 essential nutrients, including vitamin A, B, C, E, & K, copper, iron, magnesium and potassium. They also greatly strengthen the immune system through their high fiber and protein content and several beneficial phyto-chemicals such as beta-sitosterol, glutathione and lutein, which protect the body against various diseases and illnesses. While most fruits are eaten to control diet and thus lower weight, this is probably the only fruit that helps to gain weight. It provides a healthy source of calories unlike other calorie-dense foods that contain excess saturated fat and sugar.

Among the many other properties of this fruit is its well-known character for nourishing skin by making it glow. This function of the fruit makes it a favorite among ladies. It also helps in treating psoriasis and bad breath. It is also known to slow aging and it fosters a healthy nervous system.
Another distinctive nature of this fruit is that while most fruits consist of high amounts of carbohydrates, Avocado is rich in healthy fats. Due to its high nutrient value, it acts as a good ingredient in many dishes. Also, oils extracted from Avacados can reduce the symptoms of arthritis of the bones, called osteoarthritis. This fiber- rich creamy food can be easily incorporated into one’s diet through salads and various other recipes.

Other than contributing to weight loss this fruit’s rich fiber content helps to reduce blood sugar and is linked to lower the risk of many diseases. The mono-saturated fatty acids in the fruit are very healthy for the heart. The majority of fat in Avacado is oleic acid, which is responsible for reducing inflammation and having beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer. Avocado oil is also safe and healthy for cooking since it is resistant to heat-induced oxidation.

Potassium is a mineral that most people lack, Avocado in-take clears this deficiency as it is rich in Potassium thus supporting healthy blood pressure levels.
To sum it up, it is an olive-green pear-shaped fruit often called ‘alligator pear’ because of its rough and bumpy exterior. Only the yellow-green flesh of this fruit is edible and the skin and seed are discarded. Avocado belongs to the Lauraceae family where species such as bay leaves and camphor tree are found.

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