8 Interesting Facts About Avocados

8 Interesting Facts About Avocados
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Savvy Maria

Savvy Maria

A teacher living in Cyprus trying to spread the vegan message and make the world a better place for human and non-human animals. Nutrition enthusiast, vegan foodie, panda obsessed & crazy dog lover
Savvy Maria

Guacamole is one of the most popular dips in the world! And of course, it’s main ingredient is avocado! Avocados are extremely popular among vegans as they are very nutritious! They are a great source of fiber and protein! Let’s take a look at 8 interesting facts about avocados that you might not know!

*Bonus: vegan avocado recipe at the bottom! 

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1. They contain oleic acid

Oleic acid is classified as a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid and is said to protect against breast cancer. It has also been suggested that it decreases cholesterol levels.avocado-slices

2. Avocados have the highest protein content of any fruit

200 g of avocado provides more than 8% of your daily protein needs. Who ever said that vegans don’t get enough protein? Bring on the weights!

3. They have double the potassium and fiber of bananas

100 g of avocado contains 485 mg of potassium (13% of your daily requirements) and 7 g of dietary fiber (that accounts for almost 30% of your daily needs).

Potassium helps you maintain normal blood pressure and strong kidney health.

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Dietary fiber helps maintain bowel health, lowers cholesterol levels, helps control blood sugar levels and aids in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

4. They are not vegetables…

…Avocados are actually single-seed berries!avocado-widescreen

5. Alligator pears

In Mexico and Spain, avocados are called ‘Alligator pears‘! Fascinating!

6. Fertility Fruit

Aztecs considered avocados a fertility fruit because their shape resembles a baby in a womb. It really does!

7. Hundreds of avocado species

There are hundreds of species of avocados. The most popular are ‘Hass’ avocados which dominate 95% of the sales world-wide!

8. Smart tip

To quickly ripen an avocado, use bananas! Ripe bananas release a lot of ethylene, the hormone that triggers ripening in mature fruit. Putting hard avocados in a bag with bananas makes them ripen faster!

5 Cheeky suggestions for super cool avocado must-haves:

SystemsEleven 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer

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Naissance Virgin Avocado Oil – 100% Pure

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Clearspring Organic Unrefined Avocado Oil

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Avoseedo – Grow Your Own Avocado Tree

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Lakeland Flexible Silicone Avocado Food Storage Huggers

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I hope you enjoyed these 8 interesting avocado facts! I will now let you watch this vegan avocado pasta recipe by Veggylandia. Be sure to stay tuned to our recipe section as we will soon be adding a homemade vegan guacamole recipe just for you!

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Wow , i love avocados. thanks for the recipe ,it looks amazing.cant wait to try it.