Avocado

Is AVOCADO part of your diet?

These are its properties and benefits.

  • 76.4% water
  • Powerful antioxidant: protects cell membranes from free radicals involved in cellular ageing and the emergence of various chronic diseases.
  • Stimulates the immune system.
  • Vital for the formation of red blood cells.
  • Boosts the immune system.
  • Regulates the menstrual cycle, helps with placenta development and enhances the production of progesterone, precursor to androgen and oestrogen.
  • Helps modulate bone growth during bone remodelling.
  • Regulates the gene expression of multiple genes.
  • Essential for maintaining cell differentiation and the production of mucus, which protects the tissue and walls of the respiratory and digestive tracts.
  • Pear:5mg/100g (more than 100g of pear, as each fruit weighs around 150-180g)
  • Mango:44mg/100g (we normally eat a whole one, weighing around 250g)
  • Avocado:11mg/100g (we normally eat half an avocado, which is around 60-80g)
    • Powerful antioxidant: protects cell membranes.
      Improves the absorption of iron contained in food.
    • Boosts the immune system.
    • Repairs tissue and improves growth.
  • A mineral that helps nerve function.
  • It participates in muscle contraction and helps keep a constant heart rate.
  • Along with sodium, it helps maintain the body’s water balance.
  • Potassium decreases the effects of sodium, helping the body to eliminate it and reducing blood pressure.
  • Helps to fix calcium and phosphorus in the bones and teeth, keeping them strong.
  • It regulates the hormonal balance and decreases premenstrual pain.
  • It acts on the neurological system by favouring sleep and relaxation.
  • It regulates gut flora.
  • It keeps the heartbeat and blood pressure constant and protects against cardiovascular disease.
  • It regulates glucose in the blood.
  • Its high oleic acid content should be emphasised.
  • It reduces total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglyceride in the bloodstream.
  • Its fatty acid content makes you feel full.
  • Improves intestinal transit and fights constipation.
  • Increases the feeling of fullness.
  • Lowers levels of cholesterol in the bloodstream.
  • Helps control blood sugar levels.
  • Produces red blood cells along with vitamin B12 preventing macrocytic and megaloblastic anaemias.
  • Helps the body to maintain and create new cells.
  • Strengthens the immune system.
  • Vitally important during pregnancy for DNA synthesis and the formation of the foetus’ brain.
  • Helps to produce antibodies that are needed to fight many diseases.
  • Maintains proper neurological function.
  • Helps to produce haemoglobin. A vitamin B6 deficiency can cause a type of anaemia.
  • Helps to break down proteins.
  • Keeps blood sugar at normal levels.
  • Key for the transformation of food into energy, as it favours the absorption of proteins, fats and carbohydrates.
  • Helps with the synthesis of some hormones.
  • Essential for using the energy in food.
  • Helps to keep the nervous system in good condition.
  • Dilates blood vessels thus improving the circulatory system.
  • Helps to keep skin healthy.
  • Stabilises glucose in the blood.

Hass Avocado (Bumpy)

How can we tell when it is ripe and ready to eat?

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Room temperature speeds up ripening, leave them together in the fruit bowl. Refrigeration slows down the ripening process, take them out of the fridge one hour before eating them so as to enjoy their texture and flavour better.

Smooth Avocado

How can we tell when it is ripe and ready to eat?

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Room temperature speeds up ripening, leave them together in the fruit bowl. Refrigeration slows down the ripening process, take them out of the fridge one hour before eating them so as to enjoy their texture and flavour better.

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