I am rekindling the love I had for avocado as a kid. Since there was a tree in our backyard, I would have them in abundant during the season. I would slice it in two, remove the seed, I scoop out the flesh and let it swim on milk. Hihi!
The ones I buy though have tighter skin that I need to slice the avocado into pieces before peeling off the skin, works well too. I am including avocado in my daily diet in a desperate attempt to fight the hormonal imbalance effects on my skin (read: lots of pimples), embarrasing as it may 🙁 That’s why I make sure the day won’t pass by without even a small a slice.
Anyway, here are some interesting facts about avocado, it being an aphrodisiac need not be mentioned. (Well, I did).
High avocado intake has been shown to have an effect on blood serum cholesterol levels. Specifically, after a seven day diet rich in avocados, hypercholesterolemia patients showed a 17% decrease in total serum cholesterol levels. These subjects also showed a 22% decrease in both LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglyceride levels and 11% increase in HDL (good cholesterol) levels.
About 75% of an avocado’s calories come from fat, most of which is monounsaturated fat. Avocados also have 60% more potassium than bananas. They are rich in B vitamins, as well as vitamin E and vitamin K. They have the highest fiber content of any fruit – including 75% insoluble and 25% soluble fiber.
A fatty triol (fatty alcohol) with one double bond, avocadene (16-heptadecene-1,2,4-triol), is found in avocado.