5 Things You Need to Know About Avocados

The avocado tree (Persea Americana) is native to South Central Mexico and it is a part of the flowering plant family Lauraceae. Fruits of this tree are also called avocados. These fruits are actually large berries and each of them contains a single seed. Avocados are not only delicious but also very healthy.

In this article we will tell you five things that you need to know about avocados before adding them to your diet. Just continue reading and you will find out more about this amazing fruit.

  1. High Nutritional Content. Avocados are known for their health benefits since long ago. They contain about 20 vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, lutein and folate. Due to high potassium content, avocado can help to control blood pressure. Lutein can improve eye health, while folate may be very helpful during pregnancy. Also, avocados are rich in vitamins of B complex, as well as vitamins C and E. Avocados contain antioxidants which fight against free radicals and prevent many diseases and infections. A great benefit of avocado is also a low sugar content. Due to high fiber content, avocados help you feel full for a longer period of time. It is true that avocados are rich in fat, but it is monounsaturated fat which can be beneficial for our health. Because of that, avocado is a part of many diets for weight loss.

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  2. Eating Avocados in Moderation. Although avocados are very healthy, it is important to eat them in moderation. Have in mind that avocados are high in calories, so 1/5 of a medium avocado contains 50 calories. Because of that, you should not eat too much of these fruits.
  3. How To Store and Prepare Avocados. If you store avocados at room temperature, they will take 4 or 5 days to ripen. In order to speed up the ripening process, you should put avocados in a paper bag along with a banana or an apple. When you notice that the outside skins of avocados are dark purple or black, then you can eat them or put them in the fridge. It is also important to wash the avocados before cutting them, in order to avoid that dirt and bacteria get into the pulp. The most popular way to eat avocados is guacamole, but you can also toss avocados with pasta or substitute them for butter or oil. Another way to use avocados is to slice them onto your favorite sandwich. But, have in mind that not all avocado dishes are created the same way. When you are eating in a restaurant, you may get an avocado that is fried in deep oil, which means that it is higher in fat and calories.

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  4. Latex Allergy. Although avocados have many health benefits, people with a latex allergy should not eat avocados or they may consume this fruit but in very small amounts. It is possible that people with a serious allergy to latex may experience many symptoms after eating avocados. If you are also allergic to latex, it is best to talk to your health provider before introducing avocados into your diet.
  5. Poisonous To Dogs.There’s no doubt that avocados are very healthy for us humans, but can we give this fruit to our dogs? Unfortunately, it is not a good idea. Studies have shown that avocados can be poisonous to dogs, so it is best to find some other healthy treat for your dog. Common symptoms that may appear in dogs after eating avocados are vomiting and diarrhea. If your dog has already eaten a certain amount of avocados, it is recommended to take him to the vet as soon as possible.

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