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Avocado Is a Fruitor

Avocado Is a Fruitor

Avocado Is a Fruit

The avocado has the honour of being one of the few fruits which was classified by science as a vegetable.

Fruit

While it might seem simple enough to distinguish between a fruit and a vegetable, like many things in life, the definition depends on the context. Botanically speaking, a fruit is a seed-bearing product that develops from the ovary of a flowering plant. Generally sweet and fleshy in nature, fruits are classified as either drupes or berries. It's important to note, however, that the boundary between a drupe and a berry is not always clear.

The delicious peach is the perfect example of a drupe. Drupes have a tough endocarp, or inner layer, and single stones or pits rather than multiple seeds. In contrast, berries usually have a fleshy endocarp and more than one seed. From a culinary perspective, foods that meet the biological definition of a fruit are often considered to be vegetables. While a botanist would surely disagree, chefs often refer to fruits such as tomatoes, eggplants, and bell peppers as vegetables due to their savory taste. (Source: avocadosfrommexico.com)

Food

Around two thirds of the total fat in avocado is monounsaturated fat. We know that monounsaturated fats are key for a healthy heart. Research has found that as part of a cholesterol lowering diet, avocado can lower total and LDL cholesterol while increasing the HDL cholesterol. Plant sterols and fibre also make avocado a ‘heart smart’ choice. A healthy diet that includes both fruits and vegetables, such as avocado, and a variety of other foods reduces the risk of heart disease.

Avocados are an excellent source of folate, which is important for the growth and development of cells. Women of child bearing age need to consume at least 400 micrograms of folate per day at least the month before and three months after conception. A varied diet rich in folate, including avocado, may reduce the risk of neural tube defects in babies. A quarter of an avocado has around 60 micrograms of folate, 15% of the recommended amount. So avocado is full of health benefits, and a great food for all ages. (Source: dietitiansaustralia.org.au)

 

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