The Healing Power of Avocado
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(The information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your Physician or other health care professional. These are the forgotten recipes compiled by the author H.K. Bakhru an expert naturopath of India.)
The avocado contains more fat than any other fruit except olive. Its fat is of the highest quality, wholly free from the unpleasant butyric acid with which many fats are contaminated. It contains a sufficient amount of vitamin A to maintain high resistance against bacterial infection, a quality possessed by few vegetable fats.
Values per 100gms edible portion Calorific Value – 213
Moisture 73.6% Calcium 10mg
Protein 1.7% Phosphorous 80mg
Fat 22.8% Iron 0.7mg
Minerals 1.1% Vitamin A 290 I.U
Carbohydrates 0.8% Sufficient amount of Vitamin E
and small amount of Vitamin C, and Vitamin B Complex
The protein of avocado is of the finest quality and is much superior to protein of bread and other cereal foods. Its composition is almost identical with that of milk. In, fact, the pulp of the fruit is so free from fiber that it forms, with water, a fine emulsion which closely resembles milk in consistency and appearance. With exception of an excess of fat and the lack of vitamin C, it may serve as very satisfactory substitute for dairy milk. Prepared thus, the avocado may be given safely to young infants and to the feeble invalids.
Natural Benefits and Curative Properties
The avocado possesses virtues of extraordinary character. For purity, wholesomeness, ease of digestibility and adaptation to human needs, it has few rivals.
Digestive System Disorders
The avocado is an excellent food remedy in acute digestive disorders. Its blandness is comforting to the hypersensitive surfaces of the stomach and duodenum, and its abundant
vitamins reanimate the inflamed and crippled cells. The physicians in China have for centuries, prescribed the juice of this fruit for colic and chills in the stomach. The Japanese employ the same remedy to treat ulceration of the intestines.
The avocado is an efficient aid in changing the intestinal flora to combat autointoxication, colitis, and biliousness. In case of hyperacidity with sour stomach, avocado and well ripened papaya should be used as a staple diet. These two fruits are most appropriate foods in case of duodenitis and duodenal ulcer, because they are bland or soothing to the sensitive membrane and pass quickly into the intestine.
The avocado is far superior to any mouth lotion or remedies for bad breath. It effectively removes intestinal putrefactions or decomposition which is the real cause of a coated tongue and bad breath.
The oil of avocado is considered beneficial in treatment of psoriasis. It should be applied gently to the affected parts. It helps in taking scales off.
The oil extracted from the avocado is employed in the preparation of cosmetics. A
Wide range of beauty aids with an avocado base are now available. These includes creams, cleaners and moisturizers to prevent the ageing effect of dehydration, skin foods, bath oils, shampoos which give a rich lather and act as a scalp conditioner and revitalize dull hair..
As avocado become sour when cooked and cannot successfully survive freezing, they should be eaten raw and as fresh as possible. If they have to be kept for a short time,
They should be stored at room temperature and not in a refrigerater.
They lower the blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels
Avocados have diverse fats. For a typical avocado:
About 75% of an avocado’s calories come from fat, most of which is monounsaturated fat.
Avocados have a high fiber content of 75% insoluble and 25% soluble fiber.
High avocado intake was shown in one preliminary study to lower blood cholesterol levels. Specifically, after a seven-day diet rich in avocados, mild hypercholesterolemia patients showed a 17% decrease in total serum cholesterol levels. These subjects also showed a 22% decrease in both LDL (harmful cholesterol) and triglyceride levels and 11% increase in HDL (helpful cholesterol) levels. Additionally a Japanese team synthesized the four chiral components, and identified (2R, 4R)-16-heptadecene-1, 2, 4-triol as a natural antibacterial component
Moisture 85.0% Calcium 70mg
Protein 1.0% Phosphorus 10mg
Fat 0.9% Iron 2.3mg
Minerals 0.3% Vitamin C 39mg
Fiber 1.7% Small amount of
Carbohydrates 11.1% Vitamin B Complex
Value per 100gms edible portion Calorific Value – 57
Moisture 94.0% Calcium 48mgProtein 0.9% Phosphorus 20mg
Fat 0.2% Iron 0.4mgMinerals 0.5% Vitamin C 27mg
Fiber 0.8% Small amount of Carbohydrates 3.4% Vitamin B Complex
Value per 100 Grams edible portion Calorific Value – 20
Did you know that the fats in avocados are actually good for you?
If you have been confused about whether you should eat avocados because of their high fat content, let us help you put this issue to rest.
Yes, avocados are high in fat, but their monounsaturated fats, like those found in olive oil, are heart-healthy and can actually help reduce blood cholesterol levels.
Plus, research has shown that people on a calorie-restricted diet can enjoy avocados and still reach their weight loss goals.
In fact, the American Heart Association encourages substituting the monounsaturated fats found in avocados, nuts and olive oil for many of the fats more commonly used by consumers.
Researchers are also finding that some of the phytonutrients (phyto = plant) found in avocados may also help reduce cholesterol levels.
So, remember that all fats are not created equal, and enjoy the delicious taste of avocados and their heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.