The avocado is a tree native to Mexico and Central America, classified in the flowering plant family Lauraceae along with cinnamon, camphor and bay laurel. You might be inclined to call it a vegetable, thanks to its green hue and savory taste, but the avocado is technically a fruit.So, why you need to eat an avocado every day?
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If you asked us which two foods we couldn’t live without, then you know the first would be peanut butter, but the second, we could happily eat avocado every day. It may sound like a theme here (both spreadable, both delicious, both full of delicious healthy fats) but avocado makes the top two because of its lengthy list of uses (smoothies, spreads, soup, dips or salsa), benefits (healthy, tasty, loads of antioxidants) and the fact it can moonlight as chocolate mousse.
A research conducted at Pennsylvania State University involved 45 obese people, aged between 21 and 70. Participants were divided into three groups, and each group had a different cholesterol decreasing diet.Wonder what did the research show?
Each of the diets provided good cholesterol results, but the avocado – based diet has shown the optimal results.Avocado diet lowers cholesterol by 13.5 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), while moderate-fat diet decreases cholesterol by 8.3 milligrams per deciliter. Low-fat diet showed a decline of 7.4 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL).
Full of fat: Yep. Full of fat. Full of them. Monounsaturated to be exact. It’s the same fatty acid profile as olive oil, which when at room temperature, has been proven to be super beneficial, especially in the Mediterranean diet. We arrive eating healthy fats. They help us absorb fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K), create a protective layer around our organs and keep our hormones happy.
It makes the best form of spread: Avocado is basically natures butter. There’s nothing better than waking up on a Saturday morning and hoeing into avo spread on toast with fresh lemon, pepper or even fetta. Plus, when you’re putting it on your bread you’re getting over 20 different vitamins and minerals, which is more than you can say about it.
Guacamole: Need something more? Spanish onion, Lime, Cilantro, Cumin.Not just for eating: Avocado has been hailed better than Botox. With a high amount of antioxidants and good fats, they are the secret to great skin and good health. Put it straight on your face for an instant nourishing face mask.
Good for your gut: Avocados are loaded with both soluble and insoluble fiber. If you want to feed your tum but also your gut bacteria, then all you need is an avo, and it’s got a bucket load of both.
Boost your avocado: Isn’t it disappointing to open an avocado you’ve been nurturing for days to find it a brown, slimy mess inside?When you are at the avocado section, you want to apply a slight pressure to the avocados in the palm of your hand – not too much and not with your fingertips or you will bruise the fruit.
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Overripe avocados will feel mushy from the outside and under ripe with being as hard as a rock. Make sure you check the color too – one of the most common variety, ‘Hass’ will be ripe to pick when it’s green with dark blemishes and indentations on the skin. It will also be slightly soft when holding in your hand. So you’ve found the perfect avo, now to decide when it’s ripe. It’s all in the dry little button on the stem end. If you pull it off and it’s green inside then it’s likely you’ll be rewarded with a perfectly ripe avocado.
How to open an avocado:
Hold the avocado securely with one hand. Starting at the narrow end, slice slowly down the center, lengthways around the seed, all the way around. Holding the avocado in one hand, use your other hand to slowly twist the two halves until they come apart. Remove the seed (or leave in if you only plan to use one half!) by using a spoon to gently work the seed until it comes loose.