It promotes weight loss, removes cholesterol, improves memory and causes sexual desire … 10 real reasons to eat avocado.
Botanical features of avocado
(persea americana), family “laurel” — lauraceae
Evergreen tree, with a straight, branchy stem, up to 18 m high. Oval foliage reaches a length of 25 cm and falls year-round. The fruit is up to 10 cm pear-shaped or spherical in shape, and its weight varies from 50 g to 0.5 kg. The ripened fruit has a pleasant dark green color. The flesh is green or yellow-green, in the center is a large seed.
The tree grows in tropical and subtropical zones in the USA, Brazil, Africa, Israel. Homeland is considered Mexico and Central America. There are about 400 varieties of avocado.
The Aztecs called the avocado egg. “Alligator pear” is another common name for the fruit.
Benefit and applying of avocado
Avocado fruit is the most fat-containing fruit, not counting coconut. A huge part of the fat in the composition of the fruit – it is useful and easily digestible monounsaturated fatty acids. This fruit is hardly dietary – 100 grams contains 210 kilocalories. It is unlikely that you can lose weight, but get a killer dose of beneficial vitamins – guaranteed.
- Fat – up to 30 g;
- Protein – 1.6 g;
- Vitamin K – 14,6 mg;
- Dietary fiber – 3.65 mg;
- Potassium – 437.27 mg;
- Folic acid salts – 45.19 µg;
- Vitamin B6 – 0.2 mg;
- Vitamin C – 5.77 mg;
- Copper – 0.19 mg;
- Calories – 118 kcal.
Indications for use: Diseases of the digestive tract, anemia, diabetes mellitus, atherosclerosis, hypertension, high cholesterol, skin diseases, enteritis.
Contraindications: Individual intolerance to avocado oil, allergic to citrus and latex.
Cosmetology: The rich content of vitamins and microelements in the fruit solves many problems in the beauty industry. Masks, creams, shampoos and balms are made on the basis of avocado oil. Cosmetics with avocado oil prevent premature aging of the skin, removes age spots, smoothes wrinkles. Creams deeply moisturize the skin, regenerate damaged cells, normalize oxygen metabolism and blood circulation.
10 reasons to eat avocado
- Removes cholesterol from the body;
- Normalizes blood pressure;
- Protects against fungal skin diseases;
- Minimizes the development of cardiovascular diseases;
- Increases the potency (only for men);
- Antioxidant effect;
- Rejuvenates and smoothes wrinkles;
- Strengthens bones, nails, teeth and hair;
- Increases the body’s resistance to viruses;
- Healing the liver;
Health recipe with avocado
When enterocolitis, diarrhea, colitis and dysentery drink infusion of leaves. To do this, mix 1 tbsp. of leaves with 1.5 cups of water, boil for 8-10 minutes, insist and strain. Warm drink half a cup half an hour before meals 3-4 times a day. Duration of treatment – 2-3 weeks, depending on the speed of the effect.
ATTENTION! Self-medication can be dangerous. Before use, you should consult with your doctor.
Interesting facts about avocado
- Chopped avocados are rapidly oxidized in air because, like in apples, it has a high iron content;
- Different types of avocado differ in appearance and have a different taste;
- The controversy lasted a long time: is avocado a fruit or a vegetable? The chemical composition of the avocado has more to do with vegetables, but still it is a fruit;
- Only mature fruits need to be plucked, but unfortunately, this is sometimes neglected, and we get unripe fruits, respectively, and the taste is different;