There are over 500 different varieties of avocado grown all over the world. Native to Central and South America, the avocado is the fruit of a tree called Persea Americana, and it has become one of the most popular fruits around. Common varieties of avocado are Hass, Fuerte, Maluma, Reed and more. Avocados are a member of the berry family, and like berries, they hold a wealth of benefits.
Avocados are loved for their delicious flavor and high nutrient levels. They’re often referred to as a superfood, with one avocado containing 20 different vitamins and minerals. They contain vitamins K, C, B5, B6 and E, as well as folate, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc, thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin. Avocados are one of the only fruits that contain monounsaturated fat, and research has shown there’s evidence that including this type of fat in your diet can lessen the risk of coronary heart disease.
Avocados have no sodium or cholesterol, and they contain more potassium than bananas, which supports healthy blood pressure levels. Research on high potassium intake has linked it to a reduction in blood pressure for those suffering from hypertension, and also a 24 percent lower risk of stroke. Combine this with antioxidants like alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein and selenium, and you’ve got a powerful, alkalizing superfood.
They are an easy addition to any diet, as they go with just about anything. A perfect ingredient for salads, on pizza, in pasta dishes and smoothies, or even as a dairy substitute for vegan alternatives like mayonnaise, ice cream, and chocolate.