The avocado is a fruit which is a member of the Lauraceae family and native to Central and South America for approximately 10,000 years, according to the avocado-inspired drawings and artefacts found in early Aztec settlements.

Avocado typically has a rough green to brown exterior which, when peeled, reveals a creamy light green flesh surrounded by a central seed. Although hard to eat, unless blended well, the seed actually contains 70 percent of the fruit’s antioxidants.

 

 

Health benefits

  • High in monounsaturated fatty acids which helps to significantly lower body weight, body mass index (BMI), waist circumference and metabolic syndrome.(1)

 

  • When eaten with other foods, the body is better able to absorb the nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein which are powerful antioxidants which help prevent inflammation and improve metabolic functions. (2)

 

  • They are packed with fibre which helps to clean the colon and prevent cancerous cells forming. (3)

 

  • One avocado contains 36% of the daily requirement of vitamin K which is vital to strengthen bones and teeth. (4)

 

  • High in folate which is particularly helpful to relieve post-menopausal stress in women. (5)

 

  • Contains good levels of vitamin B2, B3, B5 and vitamin B6 which are essential for the breakdown of carbohydrates, proteins and fats in the body. (6)

 

  • A good source of vitamin C which is important to help the body fight off infections and promotes antioxidants which eliminate harmful free radicals in the body. (7)

 

  • An avocado contains more than twice the potassium of a banana which is important to regulate the fluidity between cells and provide electrolytes. (8)

 

  • Avocados contain high levels of Vitamin E which combines with vitamin C to form antioxidants which work to keep youthful skin as well as slow down the rate of harmful low-density lipid cholesterol, preventing atherosclerosis. (9)

 

Avocado Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 100 grams, raw

 

  Amt. Per 
Serving
% Daily 
Value*
 
Calories 160
Calories from Fat 123
Total Fat 15 g 23%
Saturated Fat 2 g 2 g
Trans Fat 2 g 2 g
Cholesterol 7 mg 0%
Sodium 0 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 9 g 3%
Dietary Fibre 7 g 27%
Sugar 1 g
Protein 2 g
Vitamin A 3% Vitamin C 17%
Calcium 1 % Iron 3%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.

 

 

 

 

 

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