Wednesday, October 31, 2012

How much I love Avocado or Alligator pear!


Rich in monounsaturated oil, the same heart-friendly fat found in olive oil and have more soluble fibre than most other fruit

Today i want to write about one of my favourite fruit, avocado or known as alligator pear because of the shape and rough skin. Although it is often mistaken for a vegetable, the avocado is a fruit - the reproductive part of the plan. The avocado contains approximately 700 kilojoules in an 80gm serving, and it has more kilojoules and fat than other fruit. However, because most of the fat in avocados is monounsaturated, it does not raise blood cholesterol levels, unlike the saturated oil that comes from palms and a number of other tropical plants. May be durian? Oh, my favourite too! Hehe

So, we have a choice! We can reduce our kilojoule intake by using avocado rather than butter or margerine on our sandwiches. 1 tablespoon of avocado has 170 kilojoules compared with 600 kilojoules in 1 tablespoon of butter or margerine. Avocados are rich in two phytochemicals : beta-sitosterol, an important phytochemical linked with lower cholesterol and glutathione - an antioxidant that may offer protection several cancers. They start to ripen only after being cut from tree. Mature fruit can be left on the tree for 6 months without spoiling. Avocado is suitable for infants from 6 months of age.

A good source of vitamin C, E and B6, pottasium and dietry fibre
Useful amounts of iron, magnesium and folate

High kilojoules, with 85% coming from fat

This is what i love most - avocado with honey and evaporated milk

-Foods that harm, foods that heal-

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