Posted on April 20, 2018 by Kate Gordon

There are many reasons why you should love avocados, which is why I’m writing this blog. If you’re still unsure, or even if you’re a daily eater of them, take a look at my thoughts below – you really can’t beat them!

The nutritional benefits

A typical serving of avocado (100g) is either moderate or rich in several B vitamins and vitamin K, with good content of vitamin C, vitamin E and potassium. Avocados also contain phytosterols and carotenoids, such as lutein and zeaxanthin – they also have diverse fats.

For a typical avocado, approximately 75% of an avocado’s energy is derived from fat, most of that (67% of total fat) is monounsaturated fat as oleic acid. Other predominant avocado fats are palmitic acid and linoleic acid. The saturated fat content amounts to 14% of the total fat.

In short, they’re chock full of the stuff we need and not so much of the stuff we want less of.

You can grow them at home

The avocado tree can be grown at home, even indoors! Just for decoration, if you wanted. The pit germinates in ordinary soil conditions or partially submerged in a small container of water. With the second method, the pit sprouts in four to six weeks. It can then be planted in regular houseplant potting soil. The plant will typically grow large enough to be pruned; it will not bear fruit without ample sunlight.

Guacamole is amazing

Guacamole is made by mashing up avocadoes usually with a bit of sea salt. After that it’s whatever you want it to be. Some typical additional ingredients are tomato, onion, garlic, lemon or lime juice. You can use white or red onions for a different look and flavour, or you could add shallots for extra sweetness.

You can have guacamole as a side dish, a dip or as an alternative to butter or margarine.

By Junior White, Gym & Spa Operative