The avocado, a tree likely originating from southcentral Mexico, is classified as a member of the flowering plant family Lauraceae. The fruit of the plant, also called an avocado, is botanically a large berry containing a single large seed.
Avocados are a stone fruit with a creamy texture that grow in warm climates. Their potential health benefits include improving digestion, decreasing risk of depression, and protection against cancer.
1.They’re loaded with nutrients
The health benefits of avocados are almost endless! Rich in folate, they’re also high in vitamin C and antioxidants, and is a good source of vitamin E, B5, K, fibre and niacin. Reap the rewards in this luxe snack.
2.They contain good monounsaturated fat
Avocado is the only fruit (apart from olives) that contains ‘good’ monounsaturated fat, which protects against heart disease and helps lower blood pressure. With just 22 per cent total fat, much lower than butter or mayo, it’s a healthier toast topping or sandwich spread. Try it out in these cornbread toasts with avocado and chilli.
3.They’re a good source of potassium
Bet you didn’t know avocado is also an impressive source of potassium? Important for muscle strength, nerve function and heart health, it’s just another reason to eat more of these smashed avocado nachos.