What are the health benefits of avocado?
What makes avocados so popular is the taste and the many health benefits and nutrients they have to offer. What these (proven) health benefits are, you will discover in this article.
The taste is also not entirely unimportant for the success of the avocado. They can greatly enrich all kinds of dishes.
How to enjoy avocado while boosting your health can be read in the 5 recipes with which I will conclude this article.
What you will learn in this article:
- What the nutritional value of avocados is
- What the health benefits are
- That you can also use avocados to care for your skin
- 5 delicious recipes
What are avocados?
An avocado is a pear-shaped fruit. They fall into the category of berries. Depending on the variety, they can be 7 to 20 centimeters long and over 2 kilos heavy.
The avocado was cultivated for the first time in Mexico some 2500 years ago.
Most avocados that you find in the western European supermarkets are of the variety ‘Hass’.
The Hass avocado is the most cultivated variety. This is due to its taste, shelf life and high harvest yield.
This Hass avocado weighs between 200 and 300 grams each. The skin is green which turns black-brown during ripening. The peel feels rough and lumpy.
It is often difficult to judge whether an avocado is completely ready to eat.
A trick to find out here is to get the little stick out of the tip of the avocado.
If the avocado is ready to eat, you will see that the spot where the pit was it’s white-green in color.
Avocados almost always are eaten raw. If they are heated (100 degrees or warmer), a molecular reaction takes place which causes the taste to change. They turn brown and start to taste like quinine (a ‘tonic’ taste).
Avocados will therefore never cook or bake you so quickly, though it is possible.
If you put avocados on a warm toast or if guacamole does on your burritos then they will not be sufficiently heated to spoil the delicious taste and creamy texture.
The special thing about avocados is that they are rich in fatty acids. They contain, among other things, the healthy omega 3 fatty acids. A fatty acid that you find particularly in foods of animal origin and in seeds and nuts.
Furthermore, minerals, vitamins and dietary fiber are well represented in avocados.