Nutrition Expert: Sana Saiyed, clinical Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, Mumbai.
Rich in vitamins A, E + K, which are all fat-soluble, avocados also have vitamins B, C, and trace minerals including magnesium and potassium (both known to help reduce blood pressure). And just to give you a measurable mental picture, one avocado has 2x the amount of potassium as one banana.
They also have more protein and less sugar than any other fruit on the market and they are loaded with antioxidants and inflammatory qualities.
Avocado is a native of tropical America. It originated in Mexico and Central America, possibly from more than one wild species.
India does not grow many butter fruits, and only a handful of subtropical southern states grow them commercially. Regions producing the fruit include the hill slopes of Tamil Nadu, Coorg in Karnataka, Kerala, and limited areas of Karnataka.
Boasting of some 20 minerals and vitamins, avocados are one of the most nutritious fruits known to mankind. Its high nutritive profile has also earned the fruit the title of ‘The Olive Oil Of The Americas”. Here are some more benefits of avocados you may not have known.
It is creamy, it is rich and it is earthy; avocados are our favorite picks when it comes to dips, desserts, and salads. Also called the ‘makkhan fal’ in India, avocados have a high-fat content and are yet considered as one of the healthiest fruits you can add to your diet.
Taste of Avocado:
The taste of butter fruit is smooth and—as its namesake would imply—buttery. While avocados are never sweet or sour, its mellow, rich flavor makes it a beloved fruit in other parts of the world. The initial taste resembles luscious but un-sweet papaya, followed by a rich, pleasing aftertaste owed to its fat content.
Here are some of the most abundant nutrients, (100-gram) serving (https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1843/2)
- Vitamin K: 26% of the daily value (DV)
- Folate: 20% of the DV
- Vitamin C: 17% of the DV
- Potassium: 14% of the DV
- Vitamin B5: 14% of the DV
- Vitamin B6: 13% of the DV
- Vitamin E: 10% of the DV
This is coming with 160 calories, 2 grams of protein, and 15 grams of healthy fats. Although it contains 9 grams of carbs, 7 of those are fiber, so there are only 2 net carbs, making this a low-carb friendly plant food.