The “Green Butter” can trace its roots back to the Aztecs where it was consumed as a sex stimulant. This is also symbolised by its Aztec name – Ahaucatl – meaning testicle….. Interesting!
Avocados made their way from Mexico to Europe via the Spanish conquistadors where their first published account appeared in 1519. Avocados then found their way around the world ending up in Australia in the late 19th century where they are now a popular part of our diets.
And so they should be! Avocados are rich in antioxidants and amino acids which are vital for the system. Many people try to stay away from avocados believing that are high in fat. Yes, avocados have moderate amounts of fat but most of this fat is monounsaturated fat which is the “good stuff”. Monounsaturated fats speed up the basal metabolic rate as well as helping to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
Avocados contain both soluble and insoluble fibre. To clarify, soluble fibre slows down the movement of food through the bowels and helps with the absorption of more nutrients whereas insoluble fibre speeds up the movement through the bowels so is helpful for those that aren’t so “regular”. Both have an important place in our diets.
Avocados are also rich in folic acid which is effective in reducing the risk of heart disease, helps in the formation of red blood cells as well as being very important for women in pregnancy. Folic Acid, or folate as it is also known, is vital in foetal development.
For the men, avocados contain a high amount of lutein as well as measurable amounts of carotenoids which contribute to cancer prevention. Studies have shown that this combination in avocados inhibits the growth of prostate cancer cells.
Avocados are also high in Vitamin C and Vitamin E, both of which have a positive effect on the skin. This is why avocado and avocado oil is often found in soaps and other body products. Using Avocado oil topically has been shown to alleviate dry skin and improve the skin’s appearance due to its highly nourishing properties. Avocado oil is readily available so using this as a straight moisturiser may be beneficial to some, although perhaps somewhat oily! Observations of Guatemalan women who applied avocado oil daily to their skin were said to look 20 year younger than their chronological age. This in itself should be a good reason for you to try it out and see if it works for you!
Avocados are great for you, readily available and easy to eat so be sure to include them in your diet.
Note: Those taking Warfarin should avoid large amounts of avocados as it has been shown to reduce its effectiveness.
Your body is your most important assetTake care of it!
Nutriton Nibble is kindly contributed by Melissa Cogzell