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Avocado: health benefits and nutritional value of avocados

  1. The avocado (Persea americana) belongs to the laurel family. The tree can reach a height of 20 meters and is reminiscent of walnut trees with their lush foliage. Avocado trees can live up to 50 years and bear fruit after 3 or 4 years, but some plants take much longer. The avocado itself - a berry from a botanical point of view - can be as small as a pear, but can also reach the size of a child's head. However, the large varieties are hardly available for sale because they cannot be stored very well and find little sales in Europe, especially as they can weigh more than 1 kilogram. An avocado is healthy and has many health benefits, including for heart and blood vessels. Many people see the avocado as a fattener, but in fact this fruit is especially very healthy. Avocados are full of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, fiber and healthy fats. You can get them in the Netherlands all year round. The fruit is extremely popular and nowadays also affordable.

Worth knowing

  1. Height and fruit bearing

Nutritional value of avocado

  1. Of all known fruit and vegetables, avocado has the highest fat content of maximum 30%. Most of the fats consist of unsaturated fatty acids. A 100 gram avocado contains about 160 kilocalories, which is about twice the energy value of a banana

Buy and keep

  1. Is an avocado ripe?

Brown threads or spots

  1. Brown threads in avocado flesh

Preparation and tips

  1. Applications

Persine in avocado

  1. The pulp of the avocado contains persine, an oil soluble compound that is similar to a fatty acid and is also present in the peel and stone of the avocado. Incidentally, the pulp contains relatively low concentrations of persine, which is considered harmless to humans. While the amount of persin in, say, an avocado seed is not enough to harm a human, it can be harmful to pets and livestock. For example, cats and dogs can become slightly ill from eating the pulp, skin or seeds.

  2. The pulp of the avocado contains persine, an oil soluble compound that is similar to a fatty acid and is also present in the peel and stone of the avocado. Incidentally, the pulp contains relatively low concentrations of persine, which is considered harmless to humans. Although the amount of persin in, for example, an avocado seed is not enough to harm a human, it can be harmful to pets and livestock. For example, cats and dogs can become slightly ill from eating the pulp, skin or seeds.



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