Avocados are American’s New Favorite Fruit
Avocados are fruit and they came from Mexico somewhere between 5,000-7,000 BC. They are technically a berry that contains one seed. Mammals such as the ground sloth and wooly mammoths ate them whole about 13,000 years ago. Somehow the avocado survived but the prehistoric animals did not. The word avocado means “testicle” in the Aztec language due to the shape of the fruit. This fruit has many health benefits and Americans eat a lot of them, 7 pounds per person each year. Americans eat triple the number of avocados since the year 2000! The majority of fruit still comes from Mexico and the avocado industry is worth more than 13 billion dollars.
Let’s take a look at why eating this fruit not only tastes great but it should be part of your healthy diet!
The biggest benefit of this fruit is that it contains 21 grams of healthy fat. They contain both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Monounsaturated fat has anti-cancer properties and it can help lower inflammation in the body. This fat is also linked to a lower risk of heart disease. Polyunsaturated fats are not made in the body and they must come from foods. Our body uses this healthy fat to build cell membranes, aids in blood clotting, and muscle movement.
This fruit is also loaded with more potassium than a banana and is rich in folate, Vitamins B6 and C. All this helps improve your mood and is good for your brain. The omega-9 fatty acid is linked to improved cognition and it can help with memory. One cup of this fruit also provides 10 grams of fiber which is necessary to keep your digestion moving in a healthy way.
They may help people lose weight. Because they are full of fiber, they help keep people feeling fuller longer. Those who eat avocados tend to eat less than those who do not.
Another cool fact is that they may also help reduce depression. Monounsaturated fats have shown to reduce depression. Also, the high amount of folate stimulates the dopamine and serotonin in the brain which are “feel good” chemicals which fight the disease.
They can also help lower your risk for metabolic syndrome. This syndrome is linked to high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and obesity.
Avocados can also help prevent degenerative nerve diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Lastly, they can help reduce liver damage. They contain chemicals that protect the liver against toxins in the body and damage from hepatitis C virus.
As you can see, the avocado is an amazing fruit and it is so versatile. You can eat them any time of the day from avocado toast for breakfast to guacamole dip for your veggie sticks as a snack to eating them on top of your favorite salad for dinner. Enjoy!