It is a food that contains large amounts of potassium and, therefore, facilitates the functioning of the nervous system and maintains healthy blood pressure.
Avocado has become the fashionable fruit, not only for its appearance and texture but for all its benefits for the body.
According to the World Avocado Organization (WAO), this fruit helps maintain an average level of cholesterol in the blood thanks to its content of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids; reduces fatigue; and contributes to the proper functioning of the body’s immune system thanks to vitamin B6.
An avocado with a weight of 200 g provides 33% of the recommended intake of vitamin B6 for a man between the ages of 20 and 39 and with moderate physical activity; and 38% for a woman with the same characteristics, according to the Spanish Nutrition Federation.
Also, it is a food that contains large amounts of potassium and, therefore, facilitates the functioning of the nervous system and maintains healthy blood pressure. Also, being a fruit free of sodium and cholesterol, it reduces the levels of the latter, reducing the risk of coronary heart disease.
As for fibre, the World Avocado Organization highlights that a 100 g serving of avocado contains 7 g of fibre, which is 27% of the recommended daily amount.
Avocado is also very beneficial for the skin. The vitamin E it contains protects cells against oxidative stress and free radicals, which are mainly responsible for skin ageing.
In dry skin, avocado heals and softens the dermis thanks to its content in essential fatty acids.
On the contrary, its water content is much lower than that of other fruits, and its contribution of lipids, higher, which increases its caloric value; therefore, an adequate intake is recommended.
Different Types of AVOCADO
Although firstly it seems that all avocados are the same, there are different varieties.
The Spanish Federation of Nutrition highlights five: Bacon, bright green; Cocktail, more elongated than the rest, without a central bone and with a more delicate flavour; Hass, small in size with a yellow flesh and dark skin; Strong, dull, with rough, thin skin and pear-shaped; and Pinkerton, with a rough surface and, like the previous one, pear-shaped.
Each variety can be purchased at a different time. For example, the Bacon variety is available from October; Pinkerton can only be bought in February and March, and the Fort can be purchased throughout the year.