Don’t feel guilty the next time you dip into a bowl of guacamole. Avocados are good for you. Just be careful of the nachos!
10/1/2015 10:53:37 AM
|written By : Nithya Subramanian|
Avocado is now a super food and has become extremely popular all over the world – even in places where the fruit is not a native of.
Shaped like a pear, the avocado, is believed to have originated in the state of Puebla, Mexico, though there is some evidence of similar species being found in North California millions of years ago.
Known as Makhanphal in Hindi and Vennai Pazham in Tamil, the name roughly translates to ‘butter fruit’. While the existence of avocado dates back to 10,000 BC, it arrived in Asia quite late. This fruit reached Indonesia in 1750, the Levant in 1908 and then finally India. It is believed that the avocado was introduced to India somewhere during the period between 1906 and 1914, when an American missionary residing in Bangalore was on a visit to Ceylon (Sri Lanka). In the royal botanical gardens there, he spotted a tree that belonged to his home country. The missionary was fascinated with what he saw and procured a few seedlings and brought them back to Bangalore where he planted them in the Lal Bagh Gardens: the Royal gardens of the famous Muslim ruler of the Mysore state, Tipu Sultan.
Rich and creamy in texture, today the avocado is known for its several nutritive qualities. Here are some:
1. Cancer Prevention: Avocados have been shown to inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells. This is due to the unusual mix of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory characteristics. The oleic acid content in avocado has been shown to prevent the risk of breast cancer.
2. Anti-inflammatory Properties: The presnce of phytosterols, carotenoid antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids and polyhydroxolated fatty alcohols help both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
3. Lowering cholesterol: Avocados help in not only lowering bad cholesterol but also increasing good cholesterol.