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Avocado - Fruit of Healing

Updated on May 8, 2013

Fruit of Paradise Indeed!

I was recently introduced to the benefits of the Avocado fruit when I started to use my nutri-bullet and it's recipe book for health drinks or smoothies. When I read further into what type of vitamins nutrients the Avocado offered I was amazed as it seemed to beat most other fruits and vegetables out on content of vitamins, anti-oxidants, fibre etc. Even Avocado oil is much better to use than olive oil in cooking as it has a light flavor. It doesn't cover the flavor of the foods you are cooking with it unlike olive oil. It can go to 490*F for it's cooking temperature before it starts to break down and starts smoking this is higher than olive oils breakdown temp. Avocado oil mixes well with other foods making it a number one choice to use for health reasons as well as taste. The food writer "Gaylord Hausen" once said "in this single delectable fruit are combined the protein of meat, the fat of butter(but much more wholesome), the vitamins and minerals of green vegetables the flavor of nuts, a six course dinner".

Most Health Benefits

This fruit stands alone in that it has more health benefits than any other fruit or vegetable for human consumption. The Avocado or (Alligator Pear) is a fruit we could all use in our daily diets from young to old. It makes a great ingredient in baby foods because of it's monounsaturated fats that are vital in baby development. One of the vitamins found in the Avocado is B6 which is very important for the nervous system, red blood cells as well as teeth and gums. The banana is another fruit that has B6 but the Avocado has three times the amount that it has. The Avocado also has three powerful anti-oxidants those being vitamins E,C and beta carotene; we will get twice the daily need of these from the Avocado. It is probably the best source of potassium this helps prevent heart disease, stroke, and cancer.

Helps Control Sugar Levels

This fruit of paradise is also a good source of fibre which helps lessen the risk of high blood pressure, some cancers, obesity and diabetes. The Avocado has large numbers of both soluble and insoluble fibres. A monounsaturated diet helps control blood sugar levels, higher HDL (good cholesterol), and lowers triglycerides. This is the type of fat the Avocado offers which is good fat so it is good for the cardiovascular system. Many people are mislead when they hear that the Avocado has a lot of fat but they must know that there is good fat and bad fat. The good fat is monounsaturated which comes from plants the bad one is saturated fat which comes from meat etc.

Used in Sunscreen and Skin Moisturizers

The Avocado is also used in many natural cosmetics such as sunscreen and skin moisturizers; it absorbs quicker into the skin than any other skin cosmetics. It seems like this fruits benefits are never ending; the good definitely out weigh the bad. Over all it seems to be the power fruit that stands above and beyond any other fruit or vegetable for all the health benefits it offers. Well I would suggest the next time you are out doing your shopping to treat yourself to something really good for you pick up some Avocados!

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      I love avocado especially when mashed with condensed milk. Wow, so its a best source of potassium? thank you. I just wish we are free to eat avocado anytime we wish and as many times we want to - experts say too much of this fruit may not be helpful to those with high cholesterol. Whatever they say, I will not stop eating avocado - perhaps with a little care:=) Informative hub, voted up and sharing! -Tonette

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      Julie 5 years ago

      With a 3 month old newborn now at home, this is perfect to know for when he progresses to more solid foods! I personally love avocados, but it never crossed my mind to include it in baby food. You're right, though, it is one extremely healthy fruits. Thank you for the great hub and tips!

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      I love them and could eat them all day. They are sold in lousy condition in the UK: like bullets, green, small and tasteless.

      I miss the great avo's of Mexico, in or out of Guacamole.