As David Fairchild once quoted, “The avocado is a food without rival among the fruits, the veritable fruit of paradise,” but there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the benefits and delightful ways by which you can savor the fruit’s taste.
The avocado’s history dates back to times as far back as during pre-Incan times, and once it was discovered in South and Central America, it was introduced to other countries such as Indonesia, Australia and South Africa.
However, in the United States, almost 95 percent of the avocado production takes place in the Southern California area, with Fallworth, California being known as the “Avocado Capital of the World”.
But is it good to eat this fruit in terms of its nutrients? And if so, what are the benefits associated with the avocado?
If there’s anything that describes the health benefits of avocados best, “nutrient dense” might be the best way to explain why it is such a good idea to eat this fruit. For one, it is packed with almost three times the amount of the B6 vitamin that is present in banana, and this is very good for the teeth, gums, blood cells and the nervous system.
Alternatively, the avocado calories for a medium-sized serving (about 145.0 g) is about 276 calories, with its main nutrient being monounsaturated fats which accounts for almost 90 percent of the calories that the fruit produces when consumed. Dietary fiber, carbohydrates and protein are also some of the other nutrients that you can obtain from this fruit.
Although there has been some controversy that the amount of calories of fat from this fruit doesn’t make it an effective diet food, researchers have found that while it helps you lose weight slowly, it ensures that you never gain weight again.