Five reasons to eat avocado
Popularly known as the green gold, the avocado is a source of pride for Mexico, since the country is the world's leading producer, with about one million tons per year.
Avocado is a leading food in Mexican cuisine, and if its exquisite flavor is not enough to consume it, today we share five benefits of this fruit, which contribute to better health status.
A biochemical treasure
It has a high oil content (3-30%) of comparable quality to olive oil, in terms of its fatty acid composition. Due to its low content of sugars (1%), it is recommended as an energy source for diabetics.
Likewise, thanks to its extraordinary balance of bioactive compounds, such as antioxidants, lutein, tocopherol, phytosterols, and oleic acid, among others, it is considered a functional food.
An agile mind
There are studies that have established that their intake favors the generation of neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine, which benefits the neurological process in which the short-term memory system is constituted and, therefore, contributes to better memory.
Take care of your heart
Eating avocado frequently, and eating a balanced diet, has a positive impact on cardiovascular health. It is estimated that its consumption lowers cholesterol and increases high-density lipoprotein (HDL), known as "good cholesterol".
In laboratory tests it has been concluded that bioactive compounds in avocado, such as vitamin E, lutein, and polyphenols, have chemopreventive activity, that is, they induce the death process in cancer cells, benefiting the health of the cells of different organs.
Besides having anti-inflammatory properties, its passage through the digestive system regulates energy processes, which helps to maintain body weight; contrary to what is believed, it is not fattening, so it can be an excellent complement in salads and different traditional dishes, either in the form of guacamole or dressings or to add it to grilled meat tacos, quesadillas, broths, etc.
Finally, although it is true that the avocado is an extraordinary fruit, if it is not eaten in a balanced way, its properties will not have a significant impact on human health.
The right way to grow avocado in a pot
Avocado is a food that we all want in our diet. It is difficult to resist this pleasure even if its price is high. That's why we reveal the secret to growing avocados at home. Learn to grow avocado in a pot and forget about going to the market.
If you are still wondering why you should have an avocado plant in your home, you should know that this fruit is rich in potassium, containing 14% of the daily amount recommended, compared to the banana that only has 10%.
This can help you lower your blood pressure and reduce the risk of a heart attack, according to a study by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
How to plant an avocado?
It's very easy.
1. Take out the avocado stone and clean it.
2. Place three sticks across the width of the stone and place them over a glass of water. Half of it should be covered by the liquid.
3. Wait three to four weeks, when the roots will start to grow. When they reach about 10 centimeters, pull the bone out of the water.
4. Remove the sticks and prepare a large pot of soil.
5. Plant the bone. Be careful! It should be the same as in the glass, half under the soil, and the rest in the open.
6. In a month you'll see the leaves start to come out.
It is important that your avocado plant has good light, since it helps it grow. Also, remember to water it once or twice a week so that it gives you huge fruits. Enjoy it!