Understanding your avocado
How well do you know the avocado (beside the fact that it makes great guacamole!)? The avocado is nicknamed the avocado pear or alligator pear dues to its oblong shape and green, bumpy complexion. A native of central Mexico, the avocado is not vegetable as many people assume but actually a fruit. It is botanically classified as a berry with a single seed. The oldest record of the existence of the avocado dates back to 10000 BC.
Avocados: Friend or foe?
The avocado is a tricky food to understand. Until recently, the avocado was thought to be an unhealthy food because it is high in fat (84 per cent of the calories (325) in an avocado come from fat (30 grams). New studies have shown that avocados are in fact good for you. Not only are they high in fiber and GOOD fats, but they provide the following benefits:
- They contain a high level of lutein which helps protect against eye disease
- They are an antioxidant
- They are high in fiber so they help you feel fuller longer
- They are high in foliate; so they help protect your fetus from birth defects and lower your chances of getting heart disease
- They contain in excess of 25 essential nutrients, including vitamin A, B, C, E, & K, copper, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium.
Here is a recipe that my sister highly recommends!
- 1 avocado cut in half, pit removed
- 2 eggs
- Spice of your choice (Cayenne works great!)
- Parmesan Cheese (optional)
- Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit.
- To make room for the egg, scoop out bigger hole in the avocado.
- Crack an egg into each hole in the avocado.
- Add a sprinkle of Cayenne pepper and Parmesan cheese.
- Bake in the oven at 350 F until egg is cooked to your liking