Published on September 19th, 2014 | by Margaret Pardoe0
Avocado, aka alligator pear, is a nutritious versatile fruit which can be used for both sweet and savoury dishes. It’s an easily digestible food and is perfect as a first food for babies.
Avocados are an excellent source of potassium (more potassium weight for weight than bananas), and are rich in magnesium and vitamin K, Vitamin B9, vitamin B6, vitamin B5 vitamin C, and vitamin E.
In a medium-sized avocado there are 10g of fibre: 7.5g of insoluble fibre which helps to speed up the digestion and 2.5g of soluble fibre which makes you feel “full”.
A medium avocado (about 150g) has 240 calories, and about 75% of the calories are fat! But the majority of it is monounsaturated fat, in the form of oleic acid. Monounsaturated fat is considered to be a “good fat” which reduces levels of the “bad” LDL cholesterol in your blood, lowering the risk of strokes and heart disease
An average avocado contains around 4 grams of protein, considerably more than most other fruits.
Half an avocado contains approximately 0.2g of sugar, considerably less than most other fruits.
Avocados may promote a healthy body weight and BMI because it provides significant nutritional benefits.
Avocados may help prevent cancer as they are rich in phytochemicals, believed to help prevent some cancers.