Thank You Berry Much, Said the Avocado

Charlee Felice By Charlee Felice, 6th Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2qkpkwny/
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Nutritious Avocado is filled with excellent source of vitamins, proteins, and other health benefits. Read to find out.

Avocado - a Fruit: Nutrition at its best

Growing up in Puerto Rico had its advantages; one was the availability of fresh tropical fruits. My father loved to grow fruits in our back yard. He planted a variety of fruits that included grapefruit, oranges, lemons, guavas, acerola, and avocados.

Did I say, “Avocados”? Well, yes I did. Because of its green color, many classify it as a vegetable. However, it is a fruit. Not only is it a fruit, but its classification belongs to the berries family. This is an interesting fact. However, even more interesting, are the nutritional values that this fruit provides.

Vitamins

Avocadoes are excellent sources of vitamins A, C, E, K and B6.

Vitamin A includes retinol and beta-carotene.

Vitamin C and Vitamin E are anti-oxidants.

Vitamin K prevents excess bleeding. It helps the blood clot.

Vitamin B6 is needed for enzyme reactions in the metabolism.

Protein

A whole avocado provides about 3 grams of protein. It is among the top high-protein fruits. Because avocados contain 18 essential amino acids, they can form a complete protein. Their content of fiber in combination with protein allows the body to absorb most of its protein, easily. Whereas, the protein found in meats is more difficult to digest.

Potassium

One whole avocado contains twice as much potassium as its counterpart, the banana. Potassium is a necessary part of the daily nutrition our body needs. Lack of potassium may cause leg cramps.

Beauty and Skin

Avocado oil is widely used as a moisturizer for skin. It can be used to treat dry skin. It is, also used on hair to promote health and shine.

No Sugar

Even though the avocado is a fruit, it does not contain any sugar.

Besides its nutritional values, hair and skin benefits, avocados have great flavor, a creamy texture, and can be adapted to many popular recipes. Most popular is Guacamole, a great tasting dip for crackers and chips, and a great companion for salads, Mexican dishes, and sandwiches. Personally, I like to cut the avocado in slices, sprinkle a bit of salt, and eat them.

If you like to eat them for their taste, now that you understand its nutritional values, you can eat them without feeling any of the guilt. Each time you take a bite, you will be nourishing your body with essential vitamins, potassium, protein, and overall benefits of its fruit, without the sugar content.

Note:

Other sources used that contain more information on the benefits and nutritional values of avocados.

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/8-healthy-facts-about-avocados

http://www.fullcircle.com/goodfoodlife/2012/06/21/5-health-benefits-of-avocados/

http://www.avocadocentral.com/nutrition/avocado-nutrition-health-facts-label

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Avocado, Nutritious Food, Protein Sources, Vitamins

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Aug 2014 (#)

I used to have it as a juice along with milk as a milkshake. It is available in Indonesia. Information filled share, thank you, Charlee - siva

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author avatar Charlee Felice
7th Aug 2014 (#)

Interesting, an avocado milkshake. Thank you for your kind comment. Charlee

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author avatar Ptrikha
8th Aug 2014 (#)

Great listing of the benefits provided by Avocado.

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author avatar Charlee Felice
8th Aug 2014 (#)

I am glad you found this useful. It is a great fruit.

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