by Patina Rankine
Avocado, or as we call it here in Jamaica “pear” is classified as a fruit. Bite for bite, avocado is rich in mono and poly saturated fats that are easily burnt for energy. This common food provides a good source of vitamin A, B and C with important nutrients such as iron and potassium. The leaves, seeds and fruits are used to make medicine. Avocado contains a lot of fibre, this may explain its ability to lower cholesterol.
Still, most people have only scratched the surface of what avocados have to offer. Here are few ways that avocadoes are beneficial both inside and out:
- Promote weight loss by increasing your healthy fat and calorie intake without seriously increasing your protein or carbohydrate intake
- Contains chemicals that are helpful in the repair of cartilage in joints damaged by osteoarthritis
- The essential fats from avocado and avocado-based products hydrate and nourish your skin.
- Avocado based products also add lustre and shine to your hair
- Avocadoes are very high in potassium and will help balance your potassium to sodium ratio
- Use as a fat replacement in baking. Simply replace the fat called for oil, butter or shortening with an equal amount of avocado
- Use as a first food for babies, instead of processed baby food
- Avocado oil contains anti-oxidant agents that can help reduce the chances of wrinkles, and subsequently aging by boosting collagen in the top layer of the skin
- Avocado oil is high in sterolins, which are reputed to help heal sun damage and scars
- Research has found that avocado contain compounds that appear to inhibit and destroy oral cancer cells
- Avocado sugars produce an antimicrobial layer over the skin, effective in relieving the dryness and itching related to skin conditions such as eczema. It also speeds up the healing process in small cuts and bruises
With all these great benefits do not hesitate to have a slice of avocado with your meals.