Ah, yes! The avocado! I could eat one every day. Lately, in fact, I have been finding more ways to incorporate some in a recipe or plate presentation. I’ve even made salad dressing with it. When perfectly ripe, blended with some olive oil, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt and pepper, it makes an incredible dressing.
It is a fruit, not a vegetable, and botanically classified as a berry. Who knew?
The avocado has been dubbed the world’s most perfect food by many, including Dr. Daniel Amen (Amen & Amen, 2013). This is probably because it is packed with essential nutrients, vitamins that your brain needs like C, E, K and B complex, healthy mono and polyunsaturated fats, protein and fiber.
The avocado has a fairly high fat content, but 75% of this content consists of monounsaturated fats, the same healthy kind found in olive oil. These kinds of fats support the production of acetylcholine, the memory and learning brain chemical (Alban, 2016).
So, for the students reading this, you might want to start making avocados a part of your regular diet.
Did you know?
- The avocado is also known as an ‘alligator pear’.
- It is gluten-free, dairy-free, and cholesterol-free.
- The avocado is perfect for a vegan or vegetarian diet.
- It is the fruit with the highest protein content, with an average of 4 grams per cup!
- The fruit matures on the tree but will only ripen after it is picked or falls off the tree!
Alban, D. (2016). 12 Brain Foods That Supercharge Your Memory, Focus & Mood. Retrieved from Be Brain Fit: http://bebrainfit.com/brain-foods/
Amen, D., & Amen, T. (2013, June 20). Are Avocados the World’s Most Perfect Food? Retrieved from AmenLifestyle: http://www.amenlifestyle.com/are-avocados-the-world-s-most-perfect-food/