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Friday, May 15, 2009

Avocado

The avocado's origin can be found in south-central Mexico. The cultivation of the avocado trees began around 500 BC in Mexico, according to history, and since then the avocado tree has become a native American tree as well.

The avocado as we know it today is mainly from the Hass tree. It used to be a luxury food and only made its way to the tables of royalty and the rich. Nowadays, it is available to everyone and is available all year around.

Sometimes dismissed as a nutrition zero, avocados are actually a nutrition hero; their monounsaturated fat lowers LDL "bad" cholesterol, while raising HDL "good" cholesterol.

In a study from Mexico, people who ate one avocado per day for a week saw total cholesterol drop 17 percent. The healthy fat in avocados also helps your body absorb certain nutrients like lycopene and beta-carotene.

Japanese researchers have found avocados may also protect against liver damage. An Ohio State University study found that antioxidants in avocados can help fight oral cancer. Avocado compounds actually signal cancer cells to self destruct, a process called "apoptosis".

One-fifth medium avocado (30g) has 55 calories, is a good source of heart-healthy fiber, and supplies significant quantities of potassium and folate.
Source: Dole Food Facts.

Avocados turn out to have 60% more potassium than bananas. They also contain lots of vitamin B, as well as vitamin E and K. They are a great source for fiber and are known to have the highest fiber content compared to any other fruit; 75% insoluble and 25% soluble fiber.

It appears that the leaves of the tree contain a toxic fatty acid, which can cause great harm and even results in death to animals. So, if you happen to have one in your yard, keep your pet away from it. The toxin does not seem to affect a person, except of course when they would be allergic to it.

Avocados can be used in many recipes as well. Here are some for you:
Puree avocados with sugar and milk for a refreshing dessert. Try replacing the sugar and milk with honey and yogurt, for variety. Equal or any other sweetener can replace the sugar, if you suffer from Diabetes or are watching your calorie intake.

For a snack, spread some mayonnaise on a cracker and top of with a slice of avocado.

You can make an easy and tasteful sandwich by adding some avocado to bacon, lettuce and cheese. I have no doubt that you can come up with some more options yourself.

It is not only the fruit which is contributing to our health, but the trees as well. Avocado trees are supplying our oxygen in a large degree. Two avocado trees produce enough oxygen, to sustain a family of four.


It is only with great consideration, love and care, that God created all this to give and sustain our lives. We may take it for granted and may not be aware of it, but each breath is a blessing from God. :-)

Ezekiel 37:6
I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the LORD."

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