Avocado

Avocados are native to Mexico and Central America. It has a high fat content, but almost all of the fat it contains is mono or polyunsaturated and is a good source of omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. This makes avocado good for heart health, as these polyunsaturated fatty acids help to lower LDL cholesterol (‘bad’ cholesterol) levels in the blood which is linked to lower risk of heart disease, stroke and some cancers.

The fat in avocado is also great for the skin, omega-9 can help to prevent redness, vitamin E helps protect the skin from aging and sun damage, and vitamin C is involved in maintaining skin elasticity and firmness, as well as having an antioxidant effect which protects against skin damage from oxidative stress that causes aging.

Nutritional Benefits

Source of omega-3, 6 and 9

  • Help to lower the levels of LDL cholesterol
  • Helps to maintain heart health and lowers risk of heart disease
Vitamin C
  • Prevents cells from oxidative stress and damage to cells.
  • Aids in the absorption of iron in the body
  • Aids in the utilisation of iron
Vitamin E
  • Prevention of cell damage by oxidative stress
  • Helps strengthen immune system
  • Maintains healthy skin and hair
Potassium
  • Maintains nervous system health
  • Maintains normal muscle function
  • Maintains normal blood pressure
Vitamin K
  • Contributes to normal protein synthesis
  • Aids in the binding of calcium to bone and muscles
  • Aids in the coagulation of blood

     

    Risks and Side Effects

    Some people may suffer from allergies to avocado.

    There are no other notable risks or side effects associated with avocado.

     

    Uses

    Avocado can be used to make guacamole, or eaten on toast or with chicken and other meats. It can also be used in sweet desserts like vegan chocolate mousse, or added to smoothies and drinks.

     

    Avocado products we have available can be found here.

    Recipes using avocado can be found here.