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Amazing Avocado : Health Benefits of Avocado

Updated on March 26, 2012

Amazing Avocado : Health Benefits of Avocado

Amazing Avocado : Health Benefits of Avocado. Avocado which is scientifically named as Persea Americana is also termed as butter or alligator pears belongs to the family Lauraceae Avocados can be found mostly in South America. I grew up eating this fruit and realized the wonder of avocado when one of family member had a stroke and the doctor recommended avocado as the best substitute for protein.

Avocado is a rich source of protein but it has lesser fats. I figured the fruit came to the Philippines (where I came from, but I migrated to the US) because we were also colonized by Spain for three hundred years plus and they were bringing products, spices, fruits and vegetables to their different colonies. Mexico was colonized by the Spain and there was a trade going on between Mexico and the Philippines tranporting the amazing avocado. I call it amazing because it is a source wealth of nutrients which are essential to the body.

Amazing Avocado : Health Benefits of Avocado

Amazing Avocado : Health Benefits of Avocado

Amazing Avocado : Health Benefits of Avocado -- Uses of Avocado in Cooking

Amazing Avocado : Health Benefits of Avocado

  • Avocado has a positive effect on cholesterol level. It has been found out in a study that patients who have high levels of cholesterol when given a seven day diet of avocado -- their level of cholesterol dropped by almost one fifth
  • It will decrease the level of LDL cholesterol which is harmful cholesterol
  • According to a Japan study, avocado has antibiotic component
  • As a fruit rich in Vitamin A -- it makes your hair glow and skin
  • Avocado have a high fiber content among fruits - 75% insoluble and 25% fiber which are soluble
  • Avocado has less fat than other source of protein -- it has mono - iunsaturated fat
  • It is a rich source of Potassium -- good for your blood -- more than banana
  • Rich in Vitamin B -- for fatigue and for immunity
  • Rich in Vitamin E, selenium for antioxidants
  • It is rich in Protein -- for muscle building

Amazing Avocado : Health Benefits of Avocado --- Planting Avocado

The shape of avocado is spherical or egg shaped with a large seed. Avocado tree produced fruits which are "green-skinned, pear-shaped fruit that ripens after harvesting". When they are ready to eat they are softer and at times colored purple or green as well.

Avocados are perennial and can be produced by grafting as well as the avocado tree is also self pollinating -- that is partially.

The height of the tree 20 m (69 ft), flowered plant and with of course leaves which grow up to 12 centimetres. You can plant the seed or you can buy a grown nursery plant and plant it in a part of the backyard with more room to grow on. It doesn't need snow and high winds -- as it is considered sub tropical fruit. It is good for humid weathers and tropical climate -- at lest for some varieties like the West Indian type.

There are types of avocado plants like the Has cultivar which can tolerate colder temperature up to one degrees C. Avocado trees need "well-aerated soils", more than 1 m deep.

Each region has different types of avocado cultivars and Mexico, the origin of avocado "is the largest producer of the Hass variety".

Amazing Avocado : Health Benefits of Avocado -- Tips on handling avocado

  • When opening the avocado since it is easily affected by enzymes -- (it turns into brown upon opening it), you can put lime on it
  • Keep it refrigerated when you open specially if you don't eat it yet. They become soft and easily rot when they are already opened
  • They are soft to touch when they are ready to be eaten
  • Don't leave avocado in moist environment after harvesting it -- they easily rot


Uses of Avocado as cooking ingredients

Avocado as Desserts

The avocado fruit is fatty with creamy texture, not sweet and you have the fat which is needed, flavor is not so strong either

Now we are talking, avocados are a rich source of protein and with some preparations it is a very good fruit during summer and throughout the year

  • You can have sweet desserts and milkshake con avocado, yummy
  • Avocado slurpee
  • Cut it into chunks, mix some ice and condensed milk and presto you can eat it
  • You can also eat it after meal sliced it into chunks.
  • Avocado can be made into milkshakes
  • You can add avocado to ice cream

Vegetarian cuisine

  • substitute for meats in sandwiches and salads
  • You can also make rolls using avocado
  • According to wikipedia in Peru "avocados are consumed with tequenos as mayonnaise
  • Can be made as puree in chicken hamburgers plus hotdogs
  • Used as salads combined with lettuce and celery
  • mixed with Caesar salad
  • In the Philippines, the avocado as a fruit is eaten with chunk of ice with condensed milk and then refrigerated and eaten after a meal
  • Can be mixed with other fruits for fruit salad
  • You can mix it with chicken or toast
  • Used as fillings for some sushi
  • Mexicans produced the dip which is made in avocado -- guacamole
  • Served as a side dish with parillas
  • Make into a whole dish combined with tuna, chicken or shrimp
  • In Mexico and Central America it is served mixed with their staple food rice
  • Can be mixed with soups
  • Sidings for chicken and meat


it can be applied to your face as rejuvenating cream. Amazing avocado isn't it?


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