The leather appearance on the skin and the pear shape this fruit is called alligator pear. The name comes from the Aztec word “ Ahuacatl”. The fruit grows on an evergreen tree that can grow up to 65 feet in height and it comes from Persea Americana. The weight varies from eight ounces to three pounds. The health benefits are discussed bellow.

Fruit benefits:

The avocado should be consumed regularly not just because of its great taste but also for the benefits that it gives.

  • Avocado absorbs the carotenoid antioxidants called beta carotene and lycopene. If adding avocado or avocado oil to a salad the antioxidants absorb better.
  • if you add one cup of fresh avocado (about 15 g ) to a salad with spinach, carrots and lettuce the absorption of carotenoids are increased by 200 to 400 percent.
  • the avocado oil added to salads act as a medium aiding the absorption of antioxidants that are fat soluble
  • Adding avocado oil to salsa will also increase the carotenoid absorption.

There are a lot of recipes that can help you use the health benefits from the avocado. A conducted research has shown that the carotenoids are located in the dark green portion beneath the skin. So to get the right health benefits you need to know how to peel the fruit in the right way. The best way to peel an avocado is to use the hands and the method “nick and peel”. You need to start cutting the avocado lengthwise and pay attention to keep the two halves connected in the middle by the seed. Next you need to peel the avocado like you peel a banana. This is how the dark green outer flesh will remain rich in carotenoid antioxidants leaving you to consume the best part of it.

Source of healthy fat:

If we look at the avocado as a fruit we can see the benefits of beta carotene, lutein and alpha carotene, but if we look at it as a vegetable we can see the fat and the oil that it contains, so people who watch their weight are not keen on consuming this fruit. But besides the fat there are many health benefits associated with the oil and fat.

  • Avocado helps to keep the inflammatory system healthy thanks to the phytosterols found in the avocado fats. This fat contains campesterol, stimasterol which are the key supporters of the inflammatory system.
  • Avocado is best used for people suffering from arthritis. The PFAs (polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols) are usually found in ocean based plants, and since the avocado is land based plant its unique and high value is very appreciated.
  • Olive oil can be replaced with the avocado because of its oleic acid. These fat help lower the risk of heart disease and help the digestive tract to transport the fat minerals like the carotenoids move out of the system.