Avocado is the pear shaped fruit, which has pebbly, brown-black slightly hard ribbed skin. This single seeded fruit is the member of the berry family. There are about 400 varieties of Avocados with common characteristics. Avocados are soft and have light green or yellowish velvety flesh inside. Avocados are found in different flavours ranging from salty to nutty to sweet. It is most calorically dense fruit but its nutrient value makes it the healthiest addition to your diet. The most famous and commonly known Avocados are Hass and Fuerte. Avocados are available through the year from Chile, Mexico, Peru, Israel, South Africa, Colombia, Brazil, Spain, Kenya and Greece. Before consuming Avocado it should be checked for ripeness. It should be firm yet yield to gentle pressure. Ripe Avocados should be consumed within a few days and kept refrigerated.
Why Avocado is called the No.1 Fruit on the earth?
· One serving that is about 1/5th (1 oz.) of an Avocado has 50 calories but contains over 20 vitamins, minerals & plant nutrients.
· Avocado are also Nutrient boosters. They help the body to absorb more alpha and beta carotene.
· Avocados contains AD 1 micrograms of the plant nutrient “Lutein”, which many help in maintain healthy eyes as we grow old.
· Avocados are cholesterol & Sodium free. They are rich in Mono & Unsaturated fats otherwise known as “MUFAs”. Making them an ideal substitution for high saturated fat spreads.
· Avocados also contains a plant nutrient called “ Beta-Sitosterol”, which may help in maintaining healthy cholesterol level as part of a diet, which is low in saturated fats.
Live Strong, Beautiful and Healthy with Nature’s Pride: Avocado (Nutrition Information)
One of the healthiest ways to have a strong, healthy and beautiful life is to eat nutrient dense food. Nutrient density is a measure of the amount of nutrients a food contains in comparison to the number of calories. An Avocado has everything you need in one food. Avocados contain the following key nutrients:
VITAMINS:Avocados contain below mentioned Vitamins
Vitamin A: This is essential for great eye sight.
Vitamin B: This is essential for healthy skin, hair and nails.
Vitamin C: This strengthens the immunity system.
Vitamin E: This slows the ageing process, protects the body tissue from damage caused by unstable substances called free radicals. Free radicals can harm cells, tissues, and organs.
Vitamin K: It is a good antioxidant and helps to reduce the risk of cardio vascular disease. Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin, which boosts the healing process that helps with clotting. It is also known as the clotting vitamin because without it blood would not clot. Some studies have also shown that this vitamin also helps in maintaining strong bones in older age.
MINERALS: Avocados contain essential minerals for human body
Calcium: Essential for bones and teeth.
Magnesium: It serves many important functions in the body like contraction and relaxation of muscles, production of protein, production and transport or energy and controls certain functions of enzymes in the body.
Potassium: It is another very important mineral for our body. It plays a very important role in metabolism and body functions. It helps in regulating blood pressure and essential for proper functioning of cells, muscles, tissues and organs.
Avocados provide 18 essential amino acids and 7 fatty acids, including Omega 3 and 6 that must be included in our diet. These amino acids build and repair muscles.
It is also said that Avocados contain more protein than that of milk. High protein content makes it a great substitute for meat for vegetarians and unlike animal fat, this is not saturated.
The most important factor about Avocados is that it contains 70% - 80% of water. Therefore, apart from possessing extra ordinary benefits Avocados are highly hydrating. Everyone should include one or half avocado in their daily meal.
Avocados for Skin
Avocado skin mask is great for matured, wrinkled, flaky and dry skin. It hydrates, nourish and rejuvenate your skin.
Take ½ fresh and ripe Avocado and 2 tablespoon of honey. Mash the avocado with the help of a fork into creamy pulp and add honey to the avocado pulp. Now apply this mixture on your face and leave it on for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes wash your face with cool water and wash cloth
This mask is best for dry skin instead of oily skin.
This mask also helps to remove black and white heads.