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Avocado

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Yes, I know exactly what just went through your mind:

 … But aren’t avocados fattening?

Not-so-surprisingly, the answer to that question is affirmative. However, there are way too many reasons why avocado has been topping the world’s healthiest foods chart for a long time. Avocados are a very unique fruit that are also sometimes known as the Alligator pear because of their leathery exterior and shape. They can be found on the evergreen tree Persea Americana which belongs to Mexico and Central America. What most people don’t know about this amazing fruit is that it is of great commercial importance and has major health benefits, therefore being categorized among the healthiest and most powerful of foods.

So, first things first, since the major concern about avocados here is that they have a high fat content, what you need to know, though, is that the fat present in this fruit are good for you and possess advantageous health properties. Also, another significant fact about avocados is that they cater as an important part of one’s diet in and around regions where the availability or access to fat-rich foods is limited.

There are more benefits of this fruit than you can think, hence it has managed to top our list of power foods and has made it to #1. Keep in mind however, that excess of anything is always harmful.

 

 

Why Avocados are Beneficial to Your Health.

 

  • Avocados are super-duper rich in nutritional value.

One avocado, alone, contains as many as twenty (you read that right) super-powerful vitamins and minerals that are good for your health. Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin K; you name it; it’s all right in there, in one single fruit! As if that wasn’t enough, avocados also contain traces of Copper, Iron, Manganese, Magnesium and Zinc. While most fruits provide you with a load of carbohydrates, this is one fruit that comes jam-packed with about two grams of protein and as much as fifteen grams of healthy fats.

 

You think you’ve read enough? Ah, but you haven’t. Avocados do not contain any kind of saturated fat, sodium or cholesterol which gives you another major reason to incorporate them in your diet right away.

 

  • Avocados are rich in potassium.

Apparently, avocados are known to have a fiber content that is greater than that which is found in bananas. Potassium is one of the most essential nutrients for the electrical components in one’s body to function effectually. The irony being, it is also one of those minerals that most people never get in the required quantity. Avocados are extremely rich in potassium which is beneficial in preventing high blood pressure and renal failure.

 

  • Avocados are packed with anti-oxidants.

The anti-oxidants that are contained in avocados have nutrients called Zeaxanthin and Lutein. These nutrients are known to promote eye-health with long lasting effects. The anti-oxidants that are present in avocados are known to reduce one’s susceptibility to cataracts by great magnitudes.

 

Not only do avocados contain anti-oxidants of their own, they are also known to aid absorption from various other foods and make the process far more effective than it is.

 

  • Avocados reduce the risk of Cancer.

Research has shown that the nutrients contained in avocados have the ability to reduce the after-effects of chemotherapy and also prevent the grown of cancer cells in the body.

 

  • Avocados are rich in fiber.

Everybody, and I mean absolutely everybody, knows how important it is to incorporate a good amount of fiber in our diet. The good news is that avocados do, in fact, contain a large amount of fiber which is another reason why we should consume them. Not only does the fiber content present in avocados aid healthy weight-loss, it also keeps your blood sugar levels under control and promotes intestinal flora, marginally.

Avocados contain about seven percent more fiber than most foods and hence are also responsible for improving your metabolic rate.

 

  • Avocados have anti-inflammatory properties.

So, research has proven that there are five anti-inflammatory nutrient categories that are contained by avocados. That being said, these anti-inflammatory nutrients are unquestionable when it comes to their ability to reduce or even completely avoid unnecessary inflammation in the body.

Isn’t that absolutely amazing?

 

Now that we’re done discussing the health benefits of this wonderful fruit, why don’t I tell you a little story behind the trading of avocados?

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In 1994, when the North American Free trade Agreement (NAFTA) was established and came into power, Mexico decided to try and export avocados to the United States. Problems began rising for Mexico when the government of the United states refused any kind of trading as far as avocados were involved by claiming that the trading of avocados will bring along what are known as fruit flies which would prove to be destructive for their crops. After the United States government declined Mexico’s request to invite the United States Department of Agriculture to look into the matter and investigate further, the Mexican government decided to finally only export avocados to northeastern U.S. that too in the winters, since fruit flies cannot stand extreme-cold climatic conditions.

 

Today, avocados are cultivated on a large scale in California after being introduced in the nineteenth century and have managed to become a successful crash crop, returning major profits. A whopping sixty thousand acres of land located in Southern California caters to about ninety fiver percent of the total production of avocados in the United States

 

Other than that, Mexico produces the world’s largest supply of avocados. According what was reported last year, a total area of about four hundred and twenty acres of land  is dedicated to the cultivation of avocados in Mexico.