Why on Earth are these little fruits (wait, fruits?) so darn good, and so darn good for you?
Cultivated in South America, avocados can be traced back anywhere between 8,000 to 15,000 years ago. The Persea Americana is thought to have originated in the Tehuacan Valley in Puebla, Mexico. Avocados thrive in humid, tropical air, calling South America, Asia, parts of Europe, and Africa home – and evolving several different cultivars humans consume today, each unique to their regions.
Avocados came to California in the 19th century. They became a huge cash crop, producing most of the United State’s avocados. And people wonder why Californians are so obsessed…
Avocados have a unique history. They’ve been around for quite some time. They are versatile and provide wonderful benefits to the body (and taste buds).
“Avocados offer nearly 20 vitamins and minerals in every serving, including potassium (which helps control blood pressure), lutein (which is good for your eyes), and folate (which is crucial for cell repair and during pregnancy).
Avocados are a good source of B vitamins, which help you fight off disease and infection. They also give you vitamins C and E, plus natural plant chemicals that may help prevent cancer.
Avocados are high in fat. But it’s monounsaturated fat, which is a “good” fat that helps lower bad cholesterol, as long as you eat them in moderation.
Avocados are low in sugar. And they contain fiber, which helps you feel full longer. In one study, people who added a fresh avocado half to their lunch were less interested in eating during the next three hours.” Thank you WebMD.
Avocados may be the greatest gift from the Earth. They are full of nutrients, vitamins, and have several health benefits. No wonder the ancient people of South America took a liking to them. They’re so awesome even Pearl Jam included them on their 2006 studio album, Pearl Jam, aka the Avocado Album. So bravo, avocado!