Who deals with healthy nutrition busy, comes to the avocado not over. Avocados, together with the olives, are considered the richest fruits in the world. A medium-sized avocado contains about 400 calories and about 40 grams of fat. This data is rather frightening for many health-conscious people and causes many consumers and athletes to shy away from eating an avocado. In fact, the fat content of an avocado is valuable unsaturated fatty acids, which are very important for many functions of the body. In the following we want to inform you about the effect of the avocado and especially to highlight the positive qualities of this fruit.
A fruit that has it all
The avocado was planted more than 10,000 years ago in the tropical zones of our earth and belongs to the family of laurel family. The term "avocado" supposedly comes from the Nahuatl word ahuacatl, which can be translated into German as "testicles". Later, in older Spanish, the word "lawyer" or abogado came from it. Today, this pear-shaped butterfruit also grows in subtropical areas such as in southern Spain or Israel. Avocados do not ripen on the tree, but only reach their full maturity when they have fallen to the ground and are lying there for a long time. Since many avocados are damaged by the fall on the ground, the growers of this fruit have developed a harvesting system that can prevent the spoilage and damage of the avocado. The avocados are now picked immature from the trees and then sent immediately to the different countries. The ripening time of a freshly picked avocado takes about 10 days. Therefore always buy hard and unripe avocados and let the fruits ripen for a few days at home. Avocados ripen very quickly with an apple, because the effluent ethylene gas from the apple promotes the ripening of almost all fruits. In the southern European countries you can buy the avocado directly from the farmer. The largest avocado producers are in North and Central America. In Europe, avocados are sold from Spain, Israel, Mexico or even South Africa. The avocado should be consumed if it gives in easily when tasting.
What effect does the avocado have on the body?
Avocados are easily digested and have many unsaturated fatty acids that have a particularly positive effect on lipid metabolism and lower cholesterol levels. In an avocado is twice as much energy as in a banana and even four times as much energy as in an apple. The avocado also contains many vital vitamins such as. As vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, zeaxanthin and calcium. Carotenes are natural colorants found in all green, yellow and red colored fruits as well as vegetables such as carrots, apricots, papayas, spinach, broccoli, cress or lettuce. From alpha and beta carotene, the organism can also produce the essential vitamin A, which is involved in the formation of blood and the building of a healthy skin and improves the visual process. Vitamin A is also important for bone structure and healthy teeth. Also, lutein, zeaxanthin and lycopene belong to the dye family of carotenes. Lutein is found mainly in spinach and kale, and is also involved in the process of vision along with zeaxanthin. Both substances also occur as color pigments in the retina of humans. Lutein can prevent certain eye diseases. Lycopene is mainly found in tomatoes and watermelons. Lycopene is a so-called radical scavenger, which means that lycopene protects the human immune system.
The first impression is deceptive
Although avocados are considered very high-fat fruits, but if you know exactly about the ingredients of this fruit, then you can also eat them unconsciously. These high-fat but healthy fruits are especially good as a breakfast spread for wholegrain bread or other baked goods. Thanks to their high calorie count, avocados are also perfect for gaining weight, which can be especially important for bodybuilders and strength athletes.