The avocado, this green fruit with its oval shape and yellow-green flesh, comes from a tree known as the butter tree and first appeared in Mexico.
Today it is cultivated in many countries of the world and is an ingredient in various recipes, but it is also consumed raw by many of its "fans". So this excellent fruit with a buttery taste is rich in nutrients and according to research, it has important properties for our health.
Avocado consists of water, sugars, fiber, saturated, unsaturated and Ω-3 fatty acids, trace elements (potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper), vitamins (A, E, K, C, folic acid), carotenoids ( lutein, zeaxanthin, α- and β-carotene), phytosterols and 18 essential amino acids. The 100 gr. avocados yield 160 calories, as the fats they contain increase its caloric content quite a bit and its most important benefits are the following: Anti-cancer effect According to clinical studies, the monounsaturated fats, carotenoids and vitamin E they contain are responsible for the protection it offers avocado against breast and prostate cancer.
Protection of the cardiovascular system Avocado helps to reduce blood pressure and bad-LDL cholesterol, while increasing good-HDL cholesterol. The potassium, folic acid, monounsaturated and omega-3 fats, phytosterols and finally vitamin E contained in avocados contribute to the cardioprotective properties of avocados, reducing the chances of heart attack and heart disease.