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I am reproducing an article here on AVOCADO.I never thought that it has so many benefits.and can   be useful as regular part of our daily diet."The underground health reporter"


Did You Know...

. . . that the avocado has been called the world's most perfect food? Ithas achieved this distinction because many nutritionists claim it not only contains everything a person needs to survive -- but it has also been found to contribute to the prevention and control of Alzheimer's, cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other health conditions.

AvocadosThe avocado (Persea gratissima or P. americana) originated in Puebla, Mexico and its earliest use dates back to 10,000 years B.C. Since AD 900, the avocado tree has been cultivated and grown in Central and South America. In the 19th century, the avocado made its
entry into California, and has since become a very successful commercial crop. Ninety-five percent (95%) of U.S. avocados are gown in Southern California.

The avocado, also called the alligator pear, is a high-fiber, sodium- and cholesterol-free food that provides nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, is rich in healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (such as omega-3 fatty acids), vitamins A, C, D, E, K and the B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12 and folate) -- as well as potassium.

Foods naturally rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as avocados, are widely acknowledged as the secret to a healthy heart, a brilliant brain and eagle eyes.

Dr. Daniel G. Amen, a clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist, brain-imaging expert and author of the New York Times bestseller Change Your Brain, Change Your Life counts avocados as one of the top brain-healthy foods that can help prevent Alzheimer's Disease. That's not only because
of the avocado's omega-3 fatty acid content but also its...

==> Vitamin E content -- An international journal called Alzheimer ’s Disease and Associated Disorders, reported its findings from years of clinical trials -- high doses of Vitamin E can neutralize free radicals and the buildup of proteins to reverse the memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients; reverse symptoms of Alzheimer's in the early stages and retard the progression of the disease;

==> Folate content -- helps to prevent the formation of tangled nerve fibers associated with Alzheimer’s.


The virtues of the avocado are too numerous to mention, but here are just a few more health benefits that its nutritional profile provide:

* Monounsaturated Fats -- These types of fats help control triglycerides in the bloodstream, lower blood cholesterol and control diabetes.


* Folate -- This water-soluble B vitamin promotes healthy cell and tissue development. According the National Institute of Health's Office of Dietary Supplements, "This is especially important during periods of rapid cell division and growth such as infancy and pregnancy. Folate is also essential for metabolism of homocysteine and helps maintain normal levels of this amino acid."

* Lutein -- This is a carotenoid (a natural pigment) that protects against cataracts and certain types of
cancer, and reduces the risk of macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in adults 65 years of age and older. Avocados contain 3 or more times as much lutein as found in other common vegetables and fruits.


• Oleic acid and Potassium -- Both of these nutrients also help in lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of high blood pressure.

You can add avocados to your diet in many ways:

1) The easiest way is to cut the avocado in half and sprinkle it with herbal seasoning or maple syrup.

2) Chop the avocado and add it to a salad, or use it as a topping or side garnish for soup.

3) Mash an avocado and spread it on bread or a bagel (in place of butter or cream cheese).

4) Cut an avocado in half and fill the little hollow (left after you remove the pit) with your favorite healthy topping such as herbed rice or couscous.

Guacamole5) Make an avocado dressing or the crowd-pleasing guacamole dip to add flavor to raw or
steamed vegetables. You can easily find many avocado recipes online.

Blended with fruit, avocados make a rich and delicious snack, side dish or dessert -- and produces highly-nutritious baby food which delivers "good fat" for baby's brain and physical development.

Before you indulge in avocados to your heart's content, however, remember that they have lots of calories
because of their fat content. According to WebMD, "A medium-sized avocado contains 30 grams of fat, as much as a quarter-pound burger. That's why diet experts have long urged Americans to go easy on avocados in favor of less fatty fruits and vegetables. But now nutritionists are taking another look. They're finding that most of the fat in an avocado
is monounsaturated -- the "good" kind that actually lowers
cholesterol levels. Thanks to this new understanding, the U.S.
government recently revised its official nutrition guidelines to urge Americans to eat more avocades.

 

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Fabulous Dr Wequar. One of MY FAVORITE fruits, as well. Hello Joy. I had no idea that the skins take so long to decompose. Wonder why that is so?

Simply cut in squares and tossed in salads, made into guacamole, or spooned out of the shell ~ Delish!

  • Guacamole, a dip made from avocados, is originally from Mexico. The name is derived from two Aztec Nahuatl words - ahuacatl (avocado) and molli (sauce). The trick to perfect guacamole is using good, ripe avocados. Check for ripeness by gently pressing the outside of the avocado. If there is no give, the avocado is not ripe yet and will not taste good. If there is a little give, the avocado is ripe. If there is a lot of give, the avocado may be past ripe and not good. In this case, taste test first before using.

Another little trick to get the seed out from the meat is to stick a sharp knife into the seed and pop it right out. No fuss, no muss.
Dear Wequar,
What is it in urdu.
Regards.
sajjad.
Sajjad ,i am not aware of the Urdu or for that matter any other name.The tree is similar to mango tree,as i have seen it growing in a friends house in Miami.I do not think it is found in IndoPak subcontinent. Thanks
Avocado is in the mango family.
Sorry Sajjad, we are not lucky enough to have these avocados so easily in our markets.

AVOCADO OUTPUT SHOWN AS PERCENTAGE OF THE TOP PRODUCER


..................ARINDAM
Fascinating. That is why guacamole is famous from Central America often eaten with beans and bean dip in tortillas [the cultural equivalent of pita or flat breads or fried flat breads like chips]

I was explaining to Dr Wequar that when you add the spicy salsa, lemon or lime, garlic, some people put onion, hot chili and spices it is a popular dish. No bland at all.

It makes a wonderful thickening agent for salad dressing.

Ninety-five percent (95%) of U.S. avocados are grown in Southern California.
Yes correct,I am lucky to live in Calif where anyone can grow these fruits in their backyards.
I did not start liking avocados till recently. Its an aquired taste-
The mushy green texture turned me off for decades!
Untill one day out of the blue I went to MExico and decided I need to give this another try.
Ripe Fresh ORganic Avocado is the only way to go.

Thank for posting this Wequar!

Thank you Gina,avocados are also found in Miami ,and is a popular fruit,with quite a few dishes and salads being marketed in Miami restaurants.You are right,one has to acquire a taste;

Thank you for comments

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