About the Avocado
Avocado is a fruit named after the Latin American word ‘ahuacatl”, which mean testicles because of the unusual shape of the fruit. In some places, avocado is referred to as the alligator pear because of its rough outer skin that gives it a leather-like appearance. Sir Henry Sloane coined the present name of the fruit in 1669.
History of Avocados
Avocado originated in Mexico. Spanish explorers brought avocado to America after they noticed the Aztecs enjoying this fruit. The explorers thought avocado to be tasteless, but the Aztecs, on the other hand, used it as a sexual stimulant. Florida based horticulturist Henry Perrine first cultivated avocados in Florida in 1833. It was only in 1950 that avocado gained popularity as a fruit. Today, avocado plantations are a common sight in many states of America especially California, Hawaii, and Florida.
Health Benefits of Avocado
• Avocado contains oleic acid, which prevents breast cancer. Avocado consumption also decreases the chances of oral cancer and prostate cancer.
• The presence of folate in this fruit reduces the chances of strokes.
• Gluthathione present in avocado is a good antioxidant that slows down aging, promotes good heart health, and prevents the growth of cancer cells.
• Avocado contains 60% more potassium than a banana, has natural oils that help in restoring a natural glow to the skin, and prevents hair breakage.
• Beta sitosterol, which is present in avocado, helps in lowering bad cholesterol or LDL levels.
• The carotenoid luetin in avocado is beneficial for ocular health as it protects the eyes against several age related diseases like muscular degeneration and cataract.