This fruit is believed to have originated in Puebla, Mexico.
The oldest evidence of avocado was found in a cave in Puebla, Mexico and dates back to around 10,000 B.C.
Native to Mexico and Central America, the avocado is classified in the same family as camphor and cinnamon.
It is botanically a large berry that grows on a tree and can reach up to 6 feet tall.
Like a banana, the avocado ripens 1-2 weeks after being picked.
Avocado is often considered as the healthiest food due to its impressive nutritional value.
It contains these vitamins and minerals:
Why is it healthy to eat 1 avocado a day?
- Avocadoes contain more potassium than bananas – 14% and bananas 10%.
- They contain folate for your heart’s health. Avocadoes have 23% of folate which lowers the incidences of heart disease. Vitamin E, mono-saturated fats and glutathione are also good for the heart. Folate can lower the risks of having a stroke.
- Folate is also essential in the prevention of birth defects such as spina bifida and neural tube defect.
- Eating avocados helps our body absorb 5 times the amount of carotenoids (lycopene and beta carotene).
- Eye Heath – Avocados contain more carotenoid lutein than any other fruit, protecting against muscular degeneration and cataracts.
- Avocados are high in beta-sitosterol and lower the bad cholesterol by 22%, but raise the good by 11% and also lower the blood triglycerides by 20%.
- Some studies show that high oleic acid prevents breast cancer, inhibits tumor growth in prostate cancer and seeks out precancerous and oral cancer cells and destroys them.
- Avocados are high in fiber and they will help you feel fuller longer, potentially helping you with weight loss. High fiber helps your metabolic health and steadies your blood sugar.
- Avocado extract together with soybean oil can reduce the symptoms of arthritis.
- Polyphenols and flavonoids within avocados have some anti-inflammatory properties.
- Avocados clean your intestines and relieve your bad breath.
- Avocado oil nourishes your skin greatly and is a beneficial treatment for psoriasis and other skin irritations.
- It contains an antioxidant called glutathione that prevents heart disease, cancer and slows the signs of aging.
- Glutathione also fights free radicals.
Our blood and our cells carry the oxygen all throughout our bodies. When we’re exposed to some environmental pollutants, these toxins change that oxygen in our mitochondria into free radicals destroying our cells and DNA.
This damage creates various chronic illnesses. Researchers from the Federation of American Society for Experimental Biology have found that glutathione in avocados can be absorbed into our mitochondria and then neutralize the free radicals.