Avocado

It is observable from lots of research that during the time of the Spanish conquest the fruit avocado was grown from Northern Mexico South through Central America into North-Western South America and South in the Andean region as far as Peru, the place where the avocados had been brought in soon before the conquest. Simultaneously, it was also into the Andean region of Venezuela. The Aztecs used the avocados as sex stimulants and the Aztec term for avocado was ahuacatl that means testicles. In the pre-Incan city of Chanchan, archeologists have unearthed a big water jar, dating around 900 A.D. that shaped like avocado.

Avocado is a surprisingly complete food with approximately 14 essential minerals to stimulate bodily growth that includes irons and copper for the blood. The sodium and potassium in avocado keep the body’s chemicals in balance and its low sugar contain and absence of starch make the fruit an ideal one for people suffering from diabetics or hypoglycemia (munching small slices all the day keeps the sugar balanced). The avocados are also known as ‘alligator pear’ as it has the color and texture that of the leather-like skin. It depends upon the variety that avocado can weigh anything from 8 oz to 3 lbs!
The flesh of avocado is hard when harvested and takes approximately 6-9 days to get ripened and soften to a soft texture. It tastes like somewhere between hard-boiled egg yolk and butter. Same as banana, the density of avocado’s flesh is quite okay and it acts like a digestible slow-burning agent that provides energy for growing children. The fruit is full of vitamins. Vitamins A, several B-complex, C, and E are found in the fruit.

Avocados are good source of phosphorus and magnesium and also a great source of antioxidants such as vitamin E and C. The fruit is considered to be rich source of vitamin K, dietary fibers, vitamin B6 and contain more potassium as compared to a med-sized banana – 877 gm of potassium in one avocado as compared to 470 gm in a banana. Less sugar is always an advantage for this fruit. Avocado has a fat content of between 71 to 88 per cent of their total calories which is approximately 20 fold the average for other fruits. Typical avocados contain 30 gm of fats, but 20 gm of these fats are health-promoting monounsaturated fats particularly oleic acid.



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