Avocados have long been known to be a remarkable fruit. We’re all big fans here at The Pure Package, and we frequently use them as part of our gourmet diet delivery dishes. From their versatile flesh which can be used in countless recipes, to the health-boosting qualities of avocado oil, in this blog post we’ll uncover some interesting facts about avocados that you might not have heard before…
Avocado – Photograph by Andrea.Pacheco
Avocado Oil Benefits
Despite coming from a fruit, avocado oil is sometimes rather oddly classed as a vegetable oil. Regardless of its classification, it is incredibly versatile and very good for you. Packed full of vitamins and with high levels of protein and anti-oxidants, avocado oil is being touted as one of the next ‘big things’ in the healthy living world.
Avocado oil can be used as a substitute for olive oil in cooking or dressings, but it also has a unique flavour and deserves to stand alone and be judged on its own merits. The oil is low in saturated fat and rich in monounsaturated fatty acids – both really good things.
Apart from its uses in cooking, there are further avocado oil benefits when it is used in an aromatherapy or massage capacity. The oil deeply penetrates the skin, and is excellent at helping to moisturise and also prevent wrinkles; hence why it is frequently used in the cosmetics industry.
Avocado Nutrition Benefits
As mentioned earlier, avocados are packed full of vitamins, good fats, fibre, potassium and more. Because of all this, they can do a lot for various bits and pieces in our bodies and keep us ticking along full of health and vitality.
- The carotenoid lutein – which is also found in carrots, spinach, red peppers and more – is good for the eyes, helping to prevent cataracts and macular degeneration.
- The high level of monounsaturated fat in avocados is good for the heart and helps to increase levels of ‘good’ HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, which can actually help lower ‘bad’ cholesterol.
- Avocados also have fairly low calorific content – one ‘medium-sized’ (i.e. 145g) avocado contains somewhere in the region of 276 calories.
- Vitamins in avocados include A, B (1, 2 and 6), C, E, and K, meaning they pack a really healthy punch in a small package.
Guacamole – Photograph by FotoosVanRobin
Delicious Avocado Recipe Ideas
There are countless recipes that use avocados meaning it would take weeks to list them all. Instead, here are just a few of our favourite ways use avocados and their oil:
What are some of your favourite ways of using avocados? Have you tried any of our own gourmet diet delivery recipes featuring this versatile fruit? Let us know in the comments below.