Dear Dr. Mo: I’ve been eating a lot of Avocados lately (not really sure whether they are fruit or vegetable) – are these any good for my health or is it just a
quirky addition to a salad?
Dear reader: Avocados are very interesting and old food originating from South and Central America – they are fruit, not a vegetable.
My baby girl loves to eat them, which is great because Avocados are extremely healthy.
Personally, I will never learn to immediately tell a difference in my head between Avocados and Mangos, as for some strange reason my mind confuses these two words and no amount of mental effort will ever help; of course I always know an Avocado when I see one.
The average Avocado contains about 300 calories and about 30 grams of healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat.
Avocados have the highest protein content of any fruit; they contain more potassium than bananas and have a high folate content, which means they are a heart-healthy food.
Avocados may protect your heart in yet another way – they are rich in oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that may help lower cholesterol levels.
It has been shown that Avocados inhibit the growth of prostate cancer and that some compounds help prevent oral and breast cancers (oleic and other amino acids).
Eyes may benefit too as one Avocado contains around 80 mcg of lutein, an important nutrient for healthy eyes according to current data.
In addition, this fruit is rich in vitamins A, K, C and B6, fiber and copper.
The only trick of the trade is to know when it is ripe to eat.
You’ll be able to determine this with a high degree of certainty if you take a look under the little dry button on the stem end – it should be green – no other color’s good: brown means it is no longer edible and light colors (whitish) mean it’s not ready yet.
There you have it – a fruit powerhouse, which is both healthy and interesting to eat and combine with other food.
Babies will love to squeeze it between their little fingers and munch on whatever remains in their hands.
I’d say Avocado is a pretty healthy choice – both pretty and healthy.
Yours in health,