Tuesday, April 28, 2015

14 things you need to know about Avocados

I believe it is safe to say that most people know that Avocados are good for you. Yes, although they are fattening; the fat that is contained in this fruit is very beneficial to our bodies. Check out some of the 14 things you really do need to know about Avocados...
  • Avocados are still referred by many as a vegetable, but technically they are a fruit that does in fact grow on a tree. They contain a seed. 
  • There are many, many types of avocados that range in color, size, taste, and texture.
  • To determine the ripeness of the avocado, base it on how firm the avocado feels -- firm, but slightly pliable.
  • The best way to ripen an avocado -- when in a hurry -- is to place it in a plain brown paper back at room temperature. The addition of an apple or banana helps out with it ripening faster. The ethylene contained in the apple or banana makes changes in softening and texture for the avocado to ripen faster.
  • Apparently, it is wise to not get any germs while slicing into the avocado. To prevent this from happening, wash the skin of the avocado before slicing into it. 
  • Avocados help the body absorb more fat-soluble nutrients from the foods that are eaten with them. Examples? Eating avocados with tomatoes can boost intake of beta carotene.
  • Avocados are cholesterol-free
  • It has been proven that 75% of the fat that comes from an avocado is unsaturated. Saturated fat is associated with the risk of heart disease as opposed to unsaturated fat that is high in antioxidants.
  • Eating only one ounce of avocado has about 20 different vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
  • While cooking, the replacement of avocados instead of butter actually makes the baked product moister for longer.
  • Cooking thick slices of avocado adds to the smokiness of the flavor.
  • In mixing avocados with lime juice and honey; than adding a good amount of milk can make delicious pudding pops.
  • The history of avocados dates back to almost 8,000 BCE.
  • Lastly, avocados are the aztec symbol of love and fertility because they can't self-pollinate.

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