The fat found in avocados although rather high, comes from a source called phytosterols which is extremely beneficial for the human system. Some diets such as the popular ketogenic diet thrive on consuming these good fats to promote weight loss and all round good health.
Most avocados have a large internal pip or seed and it is the creamy light green fleshy exterior surrounding this pip that is the edible portion of the avocado. There are literally hundreds of tasty recipes that utilise the avocado. In fact many people will eat avocados as delicious snacks also. Thus avocados must be considered a very healthy, nutritious and versatile fruit indeed.
13Known As The Alligator Pear
The avocado is also known as the ‘Alligator Pear’. This naming is on account of its leathery appearance. The avocado is grown on Persea Americana, which is a tree from the Lauraceae family. These avocado trees are long and can reach up to about 65-70 feet in height. Generally a typical avocado will weighs somewhere between 8 ounces and 3 pounds, depending on its size. Avocados while unlikely in resemblance, have a close association with cinnamon. You will learn that avocados are only ever harvested when ripe and ready to eat.
The most popular type of avocado is that of the creamy Hass variety although there are other variations of avocado also. Normally the avocado is grown in tropical, subtropical and equatorial areas. However it actually grows the best in a sunny, warm Mediterranean climate. That said the avocado first originated in Puebla, Mexico, long ago in 10,000 B.C.
It is said by many historians that Ancient Central American and South American people used to frequently eat wild avocados. Then they started to arrive in other parts of the world during the most recent 400-500 years. At which time avocados gained enormous popularity for their many healthy and nutritious benefits.
Avocado’s have a very thick skin so there is no need to buy organic. This is very good news since it means that they are the least exposed to pesticides used by farmers plus they are normally eaten raw.
Avocados can be consumed in many ways. They can be eaten raw, or as a dessert whip, as a shake, or even as a salad or smashed on a slice of wholegrain toast. The most popular use of avocados is as a topping on hamburgers and sandwiches in parts of North America.
Avocado is also an alternative for butter or mayonnaise by virtue of its low-fat content (high but lower than that of butter) as 3.5oz avocados contain 14.66g fat, whereas the same amount of butter contains 81g fat. Avocados are very popular among keto dieters for this reason alone.