25 Health Benefits, Diet Tips and Fun Facts about Avocado

The origin of the word “avocado” comes from Spanish explorers, because they could not pronounce the Aztec word for avocado – “ahuacatl,” – so they called the avocado “aguacate.” It’s also called the alligator pear, due to its shape and rough green skin (some say, if you cut it open, it looks like an alligator’s eye, too).

And did you know that avocados are actually vitamin-bomb berries? No wonder they are widely used in modern dishes, and they are one of the favorite ingredients in Millennials’ meals as well. Avocados offer nearly 20 vitamins and minerals in each fruit, including potassium, B vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and folate. Avocados are low in sugar, but they do contain significant amount of fats and fibers. Don’t worry about the fats, they are the healthy ones – on average, more than 86% of all fat in an avocado is unsaturated. Let’s discuss in details how we can make a use of this wonderful big berry.

25. Do You Know How to Tell if an Avocado is Ripe?

avocado-health-benefits-ripe-pixabayDo you know how to tell if an avocado is ripe? When an avocado is ripe, it feels heavy for its size and is dark in color. If you want to speed up the ripening process, simply put the avocado into a brown paper bag for 2-4 days. If you want super-fast result, put a banana next to it – the banana releases ethylene which acts as a plant hormone and ripen the avocado.

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