The avocado is a tree that is native to South Central Mexico, classified as a member of the flowering plant family Lauraceae. Avocado additionally refers to the tree’s fruit, which is botanically a large berry containing a single seed.
The fruit of horticultural cultivars has a markedly higher fat content than most other fruit, mostly monounsaturated fat, and as such serves as an important staple in the diet of consumers who have limited access to other fatty foods (high-fat meats and fish, dairy products). Having a high smoke point, avocado oil is expensive compared to common salad and cooking oils, and mostly used for salads or dips.
Below the 10 health benefits of Avocados
1. Do Avocados Make You Fat?
Research has shown that the inclusion of avocado to an energy restricted diet doesn’t compromise weight loss efforts and that the substitution of avocado for margarine or butter can help with reducing calories.
A study of rats has suggested the presence of an appetite suppressant in the avocado fruit.
The oils present in avocado include linoleic acid and oleic acid, which can help lower cholesterol levels. Individuals having high cholesterol that were put on an avocado rich diet for 7 days exhibited a significant reduction in triglycerides, total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, as well as a considerable increase in HDL cholesterol. Avocados are a good source of betasitosterol, and studies have found that betasitosterol reduces LDL cholesterol.