Why avocado is so healthyadmin
The avocado tree belongs to the laurel family and originally comes from Central America. The avocado was and is particularly widespread in Mexico – the country is still the world’s largest avocado producer today.
Today, avocados are grown in numerous tropical countries, but also in the USA and Spain. In our latitudes, they are available as imported goods all year round.
Avocado is not just avocado
One can roughly distinguish between three groups of avocados:
West Indian avocados , which can be identified by their thin and smooth surface.
Mexican avocados, which also have a smooth surface and smell of anise.
Guatemalan avocados, which can be recognized by their thicker and rougher surface.
While West Indian varieties flower in the spring and ripen the following summer, the other two groups do not ripen until the summer of the following year.
Why avocados are so healthy
Compared to other fruits, avocados are very rich in protein. Potassium, vitamin E, vitamin B2 and B6 are also hidden under their dark green shell.
At the same time, they have a very high fat content of up to 30 percent, which is not found in any other fruit. No wonder the pulp is still used as a butter substitute in many Latin American countries.
Thanks to the high proportion of unsaturated fatty acids, the avocado is still healthy. These “good” fats can help to lower cholesterol levels, protect the heart and blood vessels and thus reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Incidentally, the core is not edible.
When is an avocado ripe?
How do you know if an avocado is ripe enough to eat? It should give a little when you press it lightly with your finger. Fruits that are too soft and those with many dark spots on the skin are already overripe.
Avocados are usually very hard when you buy them. Store the fruit at room temperature, preferably in a paper bag or wrapped in newspaper. In a few days it will be soft enough. A little tip: if you put a banana or an apple in the bag, the ripening process will go faster.
How to cut
1. Open the avocado by slitting it lengthwise around the pit with a knife.
2. Then twist the two halves in opposite directions and one will detach from the core.
3. If you need the pulp for a soup/dip, you can remove it with a spoon. Otherwise, the fruit can easily be peeled with a knife.
Avocados even affect our sex life
Researchers want to have found another reason that will probably make the avocado even more popular. Because according to a study by the California Avocado Commission, the avocado also has an impact on our sex life: According to the study, it is said to have an aphrodisiac effect and thus spice up our lovemaking properly.
Why? The reason for this surprising effect is said to be the fruit’s oils, which have a beguiling effect on us and provide a boost of pleasure. The high vitamin E content is also said to stimulate blood circulation and thus provide more energy.
In addition, the amino acid tryptophan causes the formation of dopamine in our brain – which is known as the happiness hormone. According to the study, the vitamin B6 contained in the avocado is also responsible for the hormone formation in men that controls the male sex drive.
Conclusion – 5 reasons why you should eat avocados:
Avocados have a high content of essential amino acids , minerals and trace elements such as: potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, copper.
Source of vitamins : Avocados contain vitamins C,D,K,E as well as provitamin A (important for blood formation!) and many B vitamins. If you mix the flesh of an avocado with the juice of a freshly squeezed orange or lemon, you have even covered your daily vitamin C requirement.
Evening fruit : The green, pear-shaped butterfruit contains tryptophan (an essential amino acid from which the body makes the sleep hormone melatonin). This ensures a restful and restful sleep.
Avocados have a very high proportion of indigestible fibers. They fill you up, stimulate digestion and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. There are 6.3 g of fiber in 100 g of avocado . (You should eat 30 g of it every day!)
But beware: why avocados are considered environmental polluters
While hype about the avocado broke out in social networks, the exotic fruit often received criticism . Sure, avocados are healthy. But the environment also suffers from mass production.
Due to the long transport routes from distant countries and the additional cooling of the fruit, an enormous amount of CO2 is released. And the demand on the market is increasing.
PETA even notes that 1,500 to 4,000 hectares of forest are cut down for avocado plantations each year. And the water consumption is also enormous: more than 1,000 liters of water are used for one kilo of avocados. For comparison: 210 liters of water are required for one kilo of potatoes. Only 110 liters of water for one kilo of tomatoes.
If these circumstances deter you, we advise you to always question the origin of your avocado before buying it.