As it colloquially known, the Alligator pear (reflecting its pear shape and leather-like skin in appearance) was once maligned by many, particularly those slimming enthusiast. It has however made its comeback in recent years, and is now dubbed as a super food!
The bright green fruit has proved its worth, both in its amazingly creamy texture and taste as well as its outstanding nutritional value. Thanks too much research studies, and of course taste testing, Avocados are blooming in popularity due to its oh-so-many health benefits.
It is actually considered the healthiest fruit… IN THE WORLD! All because of its nutrient contents such as vitamin K, dietary fibre, potassium, folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin C, copper, to mention a few.
To be brief, here are just a few of the many health benefits provided by our lovely Avocado:
- Avocados are a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps regulate blood pressure.
- Avocados are a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids including oleic acid, which has recently been shown to offer significant protection against breast cancer, and helps lower cholesterol.
- It also contains measurable amounts of related carotenoids plus significant quantities of vitamin E. (Both anti-oxidants)
- A few slices of avocado in salad, or mixing some chopped avocado into salsa will not only add a rich, creamy flavour, but will greatly increase your body’s ability to absorb the health-promoting carotenoids that vegetables provide.
- When it comes to weight loss, your body will be getting all of its necessary nutrients and you will be feeling full because of the avocados good amount of soluble and insoluble fibre.
- Eating avocados with other fruits and vegetables will make it easier for the body to absorb the nutrients from those other foods as well. This is because many nutrients are fat soluble, and as we know, avocados are high in Fats (good fats). Therefore the two can become great friends when it comes to absorption in the body.
- avocados provide the healthy kind of fat that your body needs. Like olive oil, avocados boost levels of HDL (the “good” cholesterol). HDL cholesterol can help protect against the damage caused by free radicals.
- It is high in protein and therefore acts as a great protein substitute for vegans and vegetarians.
There are still so many more benefits of the avocado, but I said I would be brief so that is where I will stop… for now. After all this is a blog post, not a text-book! (Something I need to keep in mind)
Apart from being so highly nutritious and delicious, the alligator pear is so versatile and can practically be eaten with anything! It is perfect in its raw state and goes with just about anything from Meat, chicken, seafood, salads to sandwiches- the list is literally endless. For those weight-watchers, avocados are a great condiment replacement, particularly for mayo’. Whether you choose to mash it, slice it or dice it, it is marvellously wonderful in any state. Including avo’s in your meals, adds so much more depth in flavour and texture.
They are also ever so easy to grow. Next time you indulge in your avo’, hold back the Pit. Simply place it in a container filled with Aqua, and in e few weeks you’ll note some growth. I did this a few months ago, and I am pleased to say that my little avocado tree is well off and growing strong!
Unfortunately, I shall not be providing a recipe this time. This is mainly due to the fact that there are way too many delicious recipes out there; I just struggled to choose the best one. But stay tuned, I will be sure to post up a great one soon enough. Although, one doesn’t even require a recipe; be creative, add it to anything, eat it the way you like, go crazy! That’s what so amazingly great about it.
So, as my praising to the glorious Avocado simmers down, I must admit they are quite pricey, But well worth it. After having a name-sake associated with restaurants, magazines and even shoe brands, it’s no wonder that this marvellous fruit reigns supreme!
Edible Pleasure to all of you!