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Health Benefits Of Avocado

Updated on December 19, 2015
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Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

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Table Of Contents

  • General Information About The Avocado Tree & Avocado Fruit
  • Uses Of Avocado
  • Avocado Oil
  • Benefits Of Avocado Oil
  • Nutritional Value Of Avocado Oil
  • Avocado Nutrient Levels
  • Health Benefits Of Avocado
  • Do You Know?
  • How To Peel Off The Avocado Skin
  • Avocado Allergy & Toxicity
  • Some Other Hubs On Avocado
  • Some Of My Other Hubs On Healthy Foods
  • Videos


General Information About The Avocado Tree & Avocado Fruit

Latin Name : Persea americana

In India, it is called butter fruit or Makhanphal in Hindi.

The avocado tree is native to Central Mexico and belongs to the same family as cinnamon and bay laurel. Avocado is also known as alligator pear because its shape and the leather like appearance of the skin resembles an alligator's.

The tree grows to a height of about 60-65 feet and the avocado fruit can weigh from about 150 gms to over 1 kg. The fruit is a berry with a single seed.

Avocados have a green skin and the fruit matures on the tree but ripens once plucked. The ripe fruit has dark green or purple skin and cream colored flesh inside.

Commercial avocados are picked when hard and green but must be mature to ripen well. The fruit has great commercial value.

The wild variety of avocado is called Criollo and it is smaller and darker than the cultivated variety.

There are more the 80 varieties of avocados and they are available throughout the year. California and Florida are the two main avocado producing US states.



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Uses Of Avocado


As a provider of fats it is an excellent food for vegetarians and vegans as it provides a high amount of mono unsaturated fats, the much needed fat, which is very difficult to obtain from vegetable sources otherwise.

Avocado can be eaten raw as well as cooked for a short while. The reason it shouldn't be cooked for long as the skin is rendered inedible by prolonged heat.

Guacamole, a Mexican dip, has avocado as its base ingredient. Avocado can also be blended into milkshakes, desserts and ice cream. It is also used to make juice, puree, soups, salads and used in sandwiches and sushi.

Avocado can be used with eggs, hamburgers, hot dogs etc. When cut it turns brown in a short time because of oxidation. To prevent this, add lime or lemon juice to the peeled or cut pieces.

It is used in various ways in cuisines around the world. Avocado provides a creamy texture to the food it is added to.


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The oil is extracted from the fruit pulp and not from the seeds and is edible. It can be used as a cooking oil or added to other dishes or salads.

It is used in cosmetics because of its beneficial effects on the skin.

The oil is absorbed easily into the skin and relieves dryness & itching of eczema and psoriasis.

Avocado oil reduces age spots, heals sun damaged skin, reduces scars, softens the skin due to its moisturising effect.

It also increases the collagen content of the skin.

Avocado oil is an excellent carrier oil for other oils.


Benefits Of Avocado Oil


Avocado has about 76% fat that is mono unsaturated. in the form of oleic and palmitoleic fatty acids, about 12% linoleic and alpha linoleic poly unsaturated fatty acids and about 12% palmitic and stearic saturated fats.

  • The high levels of mono unsaturated fats reduce LDL cholesterol, heart disease risk and risk of stroke.
  • Avocado oil reduces arthritic symptoms, risk of colon and breast cancer.
  • The betasitosterol content prevents prostrate enlargement in males and reduces it to some extent if the intake is fairly large as it inhibits the enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT. Reduced DHT levels alleviate symptoms of prostrate enlargement and help to prevent future prostrate problems.
  • The high levels of Vitamin E lowers blood pressure, reduces risk of heart disease, alzheimer's, breast and prostate cancer and age related eye diseases like cataract and macular degeneration.

Avocado oil is very stable due to its much higher smoking point as compared to soya, canola, corn or olive oil. This is the reason it is also preferred for cooking.



Nutritional Value Of Avocado

Avocado provides about 20 essential nutrients. It mainly contains mono unsaturated fats like oleic and palmitoleic as also omega-6 poly unsaturated linoleic acid. Fat provides about 75% of the calories.

It has more potassium than bananas, is rich in Bcomplex and vitamins A, E and K.

The fiber content is high with 75% insoluble and 25% soluble fiber. The insoluble fiber cleans the bowels and prevents constipation. The soluble fiber keep one full and prevents over eating, delays hunger.It is extremely rich in iron, copper, magnesium, manganese and potassium. Along with a high tannin content it is extremely rich in many polyphenolic antioxidants like lutein, zeaxanthin, carotenes and cryptoxanthin.

Avocado has a nutrient boosting effect. In effect this means that it enables the body to absorb more of alpha and beta carotene and lutein if the fruit is eaten with food.

Avocado Nutrient Levels

 
Avocado (Persea americana),
 
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Refuse seed and skin, Nutrition value per 100 g
 
 
Source: USDA National Nutrient data base
 
Principle
Nutrient Value
Percentage of RDA
Energy
160 Kcal
8%
Carbohydrates
8.53 g
6.50%
Protein
2.0 g
3.50%
Total Fat
14.66 g
48%
Cholesterol
0 mg
0%
Dietary Fiber
6.7 g
18%
Vitamins
 
 
Folates
81 micro gm
20%
Niacin
1.738 mg
11%
Pantothenic acid
1.389 mg
28%
Pyridoxine
0.257 mg
20%
Riboflavin
0.130 mg
10%
Thiamin
0.067 mg
5.50%
Vitamin A
146 IU
5%
Vitamin C
10 mg
17%
Vitamin E
2.07 mg
14%
Vitamin K
21 mgg
17.50%
Electrolytes
 
 
Sodium
7 mg
0.50%
Potassium
485 mg
10%
Minerals
 
 
Calcium
12 mg
1%
Copper
0.190 mg
21%
Iron
0.55 mg
7%
Magnesium
29 mg
7%
Manganese
0.142 mg
6%
Phosphorus
52 mg
7%
Selenium
0.4 micro gm
<1%
Zinc
0.64 mg
6%
Phyto-nutrients
 
 
Alpha-Carotene
24 micro gm
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Beta-Carotene
62 micro gm
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Beta-Cryptoxanthin
28 micro gm
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Lutein-zeaxanthin
271 micro gm
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nutrient levels in avocado

The Health Benefits Of Avocado

  • The mono unsaturated fats, especially oleic acid, (which makes up almost half the fat content), help to improve the absorption of lycopene and beta carotene antioxidants.

Therefore, always add avocado or avocado oil to salads, salsa or vegetable.

  • The mono unsaturated fats and the poly unsaturated fats along with potassium reduce the risk of heart disease since it reduces LDL cholesterol.

Avocado has no trans fat, is cholesterol and sodium free. About 75 % of fat in Avocado is unsaturated.

  • Avocado provides an excellent and wide ranging anti inflammatory action beneficial for arthritis sufferers.

The amazing and unique variety of carotenoids like the phytosterols, carotenoid antioxidants, the non carotenoid antioxidants, the omega-3 fatty acids and the PFA (poly hydroxylated fatty alcohols - these normally are present in very few land plants), provide unquestionable anti inflammatory benefits.

  • It an excellent blood sugar regulator and controls diabetes.

The low carbohydrate content and sugar, a low glycemic Index as well as a fairly high dietary fiber content makes this possible.

  • It provides anti cancer benefits too.

The anti inflammatory and anti oxidant nutrients provide this protection.

Avocado And Acne

Avocado controls and eliminates acne as it contains linoleic acid which is an anti inflammatory as well as it keeps the skin moisturized.
The Vitamin E content is an anti oxidant and also benefits the skin health. It boosts immunity which aids in combating acne.
The fiber cleanses the body well and removes toxins further helping in eliminating acne.

Avocado And Weight Loss

Though avocado is high in fat, 2/3rd of this is the heart healthy mono unsaturated fats which controls overeating as it suppresses appetite. Avocado also lowers cholesterol thus aiding weight loss especially from the belly.
The high potassium content also prevents fluid retention and reducing body fat and also converting the consumed food into energy and encouraging muscle growth.
The L-carnitine amino acid's primary function is to metabolize body fat. Thus it promotes fat loss and weight loss.
The high fiber content needs more calories to digest and also keeps one fuller longer, thus further aiding weight loss.

Do You Know ?


That,

1/2 an Avocado has

  • 160 calories.
  • 15 gms of heart healthy unsaturated fat but only 2 gms of saturated fat !

And that,

1 whole fruit meets

  • 1/3 Daily Requirement of Vit C.
  • more than 1/2 Daily Requirement of Vit K.


How To Peel Off The Avocado Skin

Do not peel or slice away the dark green flesh of avocado just below the skin as this contains the heaviest concentration of carotenoids.

After cutting the avocado in 4 quarters, peel off the skin as you would peel a banana, by using the thumb and index finger.

This leaves the dark green outer layer of flesh, that is rich in these carotenoids, intact.


Avocado Allergy And Toxicity


Some people are allergic to its pollen while some to the latex in the fruit.

Pollen allergy may cause allergic lesions in the mouth and throat soon after avocado is eaten.

Symptoms due to latex allergy may manifest as abdominal pain, vomiting or generalised urticaria.

Avocado bark, leaves, skin, pit is toxic to animals like dogs, cats, goats, fish cattle, birds and horses. The bark and leaves contain a toxic compound persin. Consumption of avocado by these animals may also kill them.

Ripening avocados increase the enzymes that cause latex allergy. Organically produced avocado has less of these enzymes.

Cooking also deactivates these enzymes.


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Disclaimer

The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 22 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Ros Stiles, thanks for reading & appreciating the article. I hope you start writing again soon. Sorry I do not have any research on avocado for abdominal weight loss. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Ros Stiles 23 months ago from Adelaide, Australia

      What a very in depth article and so very well written. Makes me want to start up writing again after a long break. Do you have the research for abdominal weight loss? I was actually researching deep adominal weight loss due to advocado when I came across your page.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      MyMastiffPupies, like the saying goes, its never too late. Let me know how the smoothie goes. Thanks for dropping by.

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      MyMastiffPuppies 2 years ago

      I had tried avacados many years ago and just thought they were slimey and bitter. Wtih encouragement from my son I tried them again about 10 years ago and think now about all the years I missed out on this awesome fruit! It is now a staple when I go to the store. I have not tried adding them to a smoothie though... so that will be my next venture. Thanks for sharing and I voted up across the board!

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      j.k.singal 3 years ago

      we are in india and don't get avacados here. please suggest any indian fruit subsitute. Regards

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks Shyron and appreciate the sharing too.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Wonderful hub Rajan, I like the health benefits of the avacados, but I am told they are not good for a person with only one kidney. So I do not buy them. But your hub is great.

      Voted up, U/I and shared

      Shyron

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      Safina 4 years ago

      Great info on avacados. Can u please tell me where to locate them in Jalandhar.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      That's good to hear. You must be glad you have been eating them all along. Thanks for reading.

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      Susan McLeish 4 years ago from Rindge, NH

      Great ideas and info on avocados. I have been eating them since I was very young and did not know of all the benefits I was getting. Just thought they tasted great! Marked interesting.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hendrik, surely you could try avocado milkshake now! Thanks for stopping by.

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      HendrikDB 4 years ago

      my wife and I love avocados - today we visited my daughter and she gave us some avocados! First time I hear about avocado milkshake - never too old to learn!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ Yolana - Thanks and glad you like it.

      @ You are welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

      @ Athul - Thanks. Glad you appreciate it.

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      athulnair 4 years ago from India

      Mr. Jolly,

      It is really good to know the benefits of avocado. Most of your hubs are related to health benefits of fruits. Great voted up.

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      The Best SEO 4 years ago from Kathmandnu, Nepal

      Hi Rajan !

      thank you for your this great information.

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      Yolanda Petillo 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I love avocado and I did not know there was so many way to use it. Thanks for the information. I love mines on salad.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Sam - Thanks for appreciating the effort. It always so motivating when one gets such comments. Thank you.

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      TycoonSam 4 years ago from Washington, MI

      Rajan, I have to tell you I enjoy reading your hubs because when it comes to the topics you write about, you leave no stone unturned and give every last piece if information on the topic.

      Excellent hub!

      Voted up and useful

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for appreciating superfly. Appreciate your visit.

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      David McKenzie 4 years ago from Canada

      This hub is really nice, you sure provide a lot of information.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ livewire - Thanks for reading.

      @ Kathryn - Glad you found the info useful and motivating. Appreciate the visit.

      @ Rema - thanks for stopping by.

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      Rems 4 years ago

      Very interesting

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I love avocados. I think they make sandwiches of any type taste so much better. I have used them in tortilla wraps, as well.

      There are many things I have not tried avocados in before, so I will have to use it in different dishes sometime.

      Thank you for sharing this informative article.

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      Romel Tarroza 4 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Sea

      I love avocado. I usually make an avocado shake. Thanks Eddy.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks Eddy.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Intersting and useful rajan and thanks for sharing.

      Eddy.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ Shyron - thank you.

      @ kingkos - I hope you do. Thanks.

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      kingkos 4 years ago

      Nice article Mr. Rajan! I never heard of Avocado sandwich, but I will try as soon I go to market to buy avocado and thanks for the healthy tips.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Great information.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks Jake, and good to know you are motivated enough to eat more of avocado.

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      Jake Brannen 4 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for this hub. I really need to get into the habit of eating these more often. I eat a lot of egg sandwiches, so I'll try to incorporate it into that :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ Carol - nice to see you again and thanks for sharing.

      @ CarNoobz - that's good to hear. Thanks for stopping by.

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      CarNoobz 4 years ago from USA

      Oh I LOVE avocados! My neighbor in California had a huge avocado tree in their backyard and we always were passing avocados and lemons back and forth over the wall (we had a lemon tree that was unusually fruitful and sweet).

      I put them in sandwiches too! Just avocados, mayo, cheese, and LOTS of pepper for me!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I decided to reread this. Great hub and am going to pin and share all around.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      dragonflyfla, thanks for adding to the info here. Good to know you have a regular and wide choice in avocados which you benefit from.

      Appreciate your sparing time to visit and comment. Thanks.

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      dragonflyfla 4 years ago from South Florida

      I also love avocados. I live in an area where they are always available (local and non-local varieties) and as a vegetarian I eat them often. One benefit that I have come across, but do not see mentioned very often is that the avocado is a complete protien like the egg. These are the only two food items I am aware that are naturally complete proteins. Voted you up and useful.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Gail,

      Thanks for visiting and linking my hub to your hub on growing avocados.

      Appreciate it.

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      Gail Meyers 4 years ago from United States

      What an informative hub! I'm going to link it to mine on how to grow an avocado from a pit. Voted up and useful!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      DeBorrah, glad to see you like this info. Thanks for stopping by.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 4 years ago

      Rajan Jolly, Great informative hub on the healthy benefits of the avocado! You really have some wonderful tips! Thank You for sharing, Peace & Blessings! Voted UP!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for stopping by Shyron.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Wow! Never would have thought about this one.

      Will have to try!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks Rumana. It feels nice to be appreciated. Thanks for reading.

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      Rumana 4 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

      Your hub is really very interesting.. I have seen your other hubs also and you have great knowledge and writing skills.

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      timtalkstech 4 years ago

      I use guacamole in my homemade bean burritos. It tastes really good when it mixes with the melted cheese.

      Thank you for sharing your knowledge! Another great hub!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for letting us know one more way to use avocado. Appreciate your visit and comments Marissa.

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      Marissa D. Carnahan 4 years ago from Nevada

      Great hub! I love avocados. What I usually do with this is toast a slice of whole grain bread, lay about 5 slices of avocado on it, drizzle some olive oil, and add some salt and fresh cracked pepper! So delicious.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ Brenda - thanks for stopping by. Thanks for your comments.

      @ Au fait - Glad you found it useful. Thanks for sharing.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      So much good information here! I love avocados fresh or in guacamole. They're great in sandwiches too, and so good for you!

      Voted you up and useful! Will share . . .

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      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 4 years ago from Houston, TX

      Avocados are the only fruit I actually eat. I pay extra at restaurants for them to not ruin it by making it into guacamole..sliced is just fine! I never tried peeling them before so I may have been missing out on some valuable nutrients! Thanks for the lessons!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Dr. Dean, glad you like avocados and the info. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Dr Sean P Mahoney 4 years ago from Vermont, USA

      One of my new favorites...avocado drizzled with hot sauce. Nice Hub.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Jane,

      Glad you found the information useful. Indeed it is a very healthy food. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Jane 4 years ago from UAE

      Thank you Rajan, very useful and informative hub. Avocado is one of my best fruits and has so many benefits and uses. I remember when i was young we could not eat any meal without an avocado.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks Eddy. You have a great day as well.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      So interesting rajan and thank you for sharing.

      Have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Marlene, Well I do hope cooking avocado works for you. I'd certainly like to have your feedback on this. Thanks for the visit.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Your article about avocados is packed with valuable information. I am one who has a latex allergy and have not been able to eat avocados for a very long time. I'm missing out on some valuable benefits here. It was good for me to read that cooking avocados deactivates the enzymes associated with allergies. I am going to be brave and cook an avocado to see what happens. I'm crossing my fingers that it works for me. I have faith that it will. Thanks so much for all of your information.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      JanMaklak, glad to be appreciated. Many thanks.

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      JanMaklak 4 years ago from Canada

      You know I am in my 50's now and I haven't had avocado. After reading your article I'll be sure to get some!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi adrienne, Glad you found this info useful. Appreciate your comments..Thanks for coming by.

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      Adrienne F Manson 4 years ago from Atlanta

      Hello again Rajan, I am so happy to find your hubs. I had never heard of avocado for the skin. You are a wealth of information. Thank you for sharing such wonderful information with the HP community.

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      Praveen P.V. Nair 4 years ago from Trivandrum

      You are welcome bhaaji

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks Praveen. Glad you like the info.

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      Praveen P.V. Nair 4 years ago from Trivandrum

      Nice and informative article Rajan brother. Keep in touch. Voted up and awesome

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for reading, appreciating and sharing the hub, beingwell.

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Wow! Great info here. I love avocados. I make ice cream out of those and nacho dips. I always know avocados are great choice for a fruit! Upped and shared this to my friends.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ Shelley - Glad you like the info. Thanks for the visit and votes.

      @ Londonlady - I'm glad I could motivate you enough to try out avocado soon. Thanks for the vote and visit.

      @ owhorspecial - You can share it by all means and thank you so much for everything.

      @ Sam - Glad to have your positive feedback. Appreciate your visit.

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      Sam Graham 4 years ago from Australia

      Great hub. It has reminded me to eat them a bit more often.

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      owhorspecial 4 years ago from Nigeria.

      Hey Rajan ... I love the information, permission to share on my hub?

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      Laura Writes 4 years ago

      You know...I've read so much about avocado and heard about it in so many places, but I just realized I've never even seen an avocado in real life (except in tiny slices in my salad). Great hub! I have to get my hands on one of these soon! Voted up

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      Love avocado Rajan, and this has just added to my enjoyment. Fascinating article, thank you. Up, interesting, useful and beautiful.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Brandon, thanks for your honest feedback. I do hope however you get over your aversion to this healthy food in as much as to allow you to consume it on a regular basis.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      Brandon Carr 4 years ago from Seymour, CT

      Very intriguing stuff. If I'm being honest, I've never tried avocado. Something about it is very off-putting for me. I know that's not a good way of thinking. Maybe this hub will push me over the edge!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks Erich. I'm glad you like the information.

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      Robert Erich 4 years ago from California

      Wow Rajan! This is an incredible article. Avocados are such good tasting foods. It's great to learn about their nutritional value as well. Thank you for your information and very well written and organized hub.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hyphenbird, I'm glad you found the hub interesting and the fries' recipes worth trying. I hope you like them. Thanks for visiting.

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Rajan, I eat avocado almost every day. I knew it has great health benefits but you taught me even more. Then I saw those avocado fries at the bottom and fell in love. I will make some very soon like today! Thanks for inspiring us all to eat this healthy food.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ Brett.Tesol - Absolutely, Brett. Thanks for reading/voting/sharing and being a wonderful support.

      @ Arielqiao - It tastes good and is definitely healthy so you must try it. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Arielqiao 5 years ago

      It definitely a good fruit that has so many functions. However, I have never eaten it, and I don't know what it tastes like.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      With all those benefits and the fact that it tastes great, even when just spread on toast, why wouldn't you include it in your diet ... unless it isn't available.

      Shared, up, interesting, useful, and tweeted.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Mary,

      I'm glad you gathered some vital info from this hub. It always feels good learning this. Many thanks for stopping by and appreciating. Nice to have a new reader.

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      Mary Green 5 years ago from Alabama

      Hi Rajan,

      I knew that the addition of avocado to a salad ensures absorption of more nutrients, but I learned some great avocado facts right here. Thanks for a great hub!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks TattooKitty, I'm glad you liked the article. Hope you like the fries. Thanks fro visiting.

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      TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii

      What a wonderful and informative article about the delicious (and healthy) avocado! It is a wonderful food by itself, in sandwiches, in salads, in dips...in just about anything!! Think I'll have to give those avocado fries a try!!!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ RT - Thanks for your input. appreciate your visit and comments.

      @ frogyfish - Glad you appreciate the value of the dark avocado flesh . Thanks for visiting and glad you like the information.

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      frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

      Strange that avocados are related to cinnamon. But I would also like to see your recipe for cooking avocado...thought the avocado fries interesting - have you eaten them? I usually peel my avocado inside a thin plastic sack with my fingers and will get more of that dark flesh you mentioned when I eat them. Great information here and thank you!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      I was able to find two kinds for my friend, a small one from California and a markedly larger one from Florida. Comparing the tastes was fun for everyone because none of us were familiar with the one from Florida. The one from Florida has a brighter flavor and is a bit sweeter. We will now be using this food in more recipes and she now has a new food to add to her limited list. Thanks again for this good resource on the benefits of avocado.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Roberta,

      I'm really glad this hub came at the the right time for you. Thanks for visiting.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for this look at avocados. My friend is coming to visit and she has a special health need for eating them. I wanted to serve her fresh avocado and this was helpful as I am not very familiar with this food.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Devika,

      Thank you for sparing time to read and comment.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Devika,

      Thank you for sparing time to read and comment.

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      Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I enjoy eating avocados in sandwiches too, with so many good benefits I couldn't stop eating it

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Coffeegginmyrice, I'm sure those ice candies must be as tasty as they are healthy. Which of your hubs has it? Thanks for your feedback and your family back home is lucky to have an avocado tree at home. Appreciate the bookmark and the read.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      rajan, thanks for this compilation about avocados. I love avocados and my pa in the Philippines has a tall avocado tree. Here in Canada, these avocados are just expensive for its small bulb size. My craving would just have to wait. I've made them into ice candies too in summer and it is showed in one of my hubs. I like to eat it cold blended with condensed milk. Useful hub and bookmarking it!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Your Cousins. I'm glad you found something useful.

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      Your Cousins 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      OOooh. I love avocado with black beans and mango salsa. I have been frustrated because the avocado turns dark so quickly after it is peeled, but thanks to your hub, I might buy them more often since I can sprinkle them with lemon juice to help maintain their color. Voted up and useful.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ Eiddwen - I'm glad you found this useful. Thanks for visiting. Have a good day.

      @ SommerDalton - Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a nice day.

      @ L.L.Woodard - I'm glad you like this information. You could try finding the avocado oil in health food stores. Online, though, it is available.

      I wish you the best in your quest for better health.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

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      L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I've just recently become a fan of the avocado, so was pleased to learn its many nutritional and health benefits. As a newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic, I'm working to change my eating habits to follow the Mediterranean style diet.

      Before reading this hub, I didn't know avocado oil existed. I'm certain I've never come across it in the grocery stores where I shop. Might it be something health food stores carry?

      Great hub; voted up and shared gladly.

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      Sommer Dalton 5 years ago

      Voted up and useful!! My husbands favorite food! I liked all the details about other ways to use, great hub!