Known as butter fruit, also as alligator pear in other countries, avocados arrived in seed form into Australia around 1840 and were planted first in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney.
It wasn’t until much later that the avocado market started to flourish and with it the Australian avocado industry started to take shape and evolve into what it is today.
The most common avocados in Australian supermarkets are the Hass and the Shepard varieties and we all know that most of these avocados go through rigorous squeeze testing before being added into your shopping trolley.
So that leads us into the next question, before we let you know about the many health benefits of avocados and how great avocados are in smoothies too.
Is avocado a fruit?
Yes, avocado is a fruit.
Because vegetables and fruits come from plants it’s often hard to categorise many different foods.
Vegetables come from roots, stems and leaves and fruits grow from flowers and generally contain seeds.
So these differences are why avocados are classed as a fruit.
This also means produce like the tomato, cucumbers, pumpkins, capsicum, eggplants and more are considered fruit too.
Personal preference and upbringing may influence what category you put foods into and also what you call them.
But in the end, you can call an avocado what you want, it doesn’t take away anything from the potential health benefits from adding avocados into your weekly nutrition plan.
What are the health benefits of an avocado?
Avocado sits in a rather unique position as a fruit because it’s architecture is very different to most.
It has a very high ratio of good fats compared to carbohydrates, this means avocados have many different health benefits compared to other fruits.
Here are some of the health benefits of avocados for you followed by a few more in-depth explanations of how avocados can help you.
- Full of good fats
- Great for helping with heart health
- Good for your skin, hair and eyes
- High in antioxidants
- May help with weight management
- Supports digestion
- Crammed with fibre
- Plentiful potassium
Full of good fats
As you will read below in our avocado nutrition section, avocados are full of fat!
Not all fats are created equal though, you need to remember that the greater part of the fat present in avocados is a monounsaturated fatty acid.
Fats can play a fundamental part in your body’s capacity to operate well and the benefits from the monounsaturated fats are numerous.
Ranging from helping lower cholesterol, supporting weight management, helping reduce inflammation, encouraging cardio vascular health and more, avocado fats positively will tick most of the boxes in your healthy fruit check list.
High in antioxidants
As we all know antioxidants are present in many foods and even more so in the super food varieties (most of these we use in our Super Cubes formulas).
Avocados are no different in respect to having a high level of antioxidants as they contain lutein which is a type of cartenoid.
Carotenoids can be helpful in regards to normal antioxidant activities, like scavenging for free radicals that form naturally in your body, as well as helping with eye health, cardiovascular health and skin health too.
Supports your digestion
Digestive support comes from a balanced diet and avocados can help you in this department too as they are sensational source of fibre.
Why is it so important to have fibre as part of a healthy balanced diet?
There are so many reasons why a good fibre source can help you, here a few ways fibre may help you.
- Improving gut health
- Release of toxins
- Density of stools
- Weight management
- Control blood sugar levels
- Lowering cholesterol
With so many different areas where fibre helps out, it’s amazing that it’s only one component of the nutrient make up of an avocado.
Avocado is truly a superfood in the true essence of the word!
Good level of potassium
Avocados have a pretty high level of potassium in them compared to many other fruit.
The health benefits of potassium are many, they include helping with blood pressure, improving electrolyte balance, helping with stress and more.
The benefits of adding avocado into your diet far outweighs the reasons not to include them in your daily nutrition plan, it’s a fact that people who consume avocados are inclined to have healthier eating habits in general compared to those that don’t.
So here’s a bit of Super Cubes advice for you, be smart, be like the people who eat avocados.
Fun avocado facts!
As a bonus, (so you can get extra points at social gatherings or at work) here are a few facts about avocado that you may not know.
The final one is gold!
- Avocado is known as Alligator Pear because of its shape and the appearance of its skin
- An avocado tree can grow up to 20 metres tall
- An avocado is ready to consume when it’s slightly soft
- Some types of avocados can weigh up to 1.3 kilograms
- The word is derived from the Aztec word “Ahuacatl” which pertains to a part of a man’s lower anatomy oval in shape
We’ve explained how eating avocados can help you, now it’s time to run through the nutrients in this glorious fruit.
These levels are per 100 grams of the flesh of an avocado, so we aren’t including the pip which can weigh 60 grams and above in most cases.
Energy 160 kcal
Total fat 14.66g
Vitamin C 10mg
Vitamin B6 0.257mg
Vitamin A 7µg
Why does Super Cubes use avocado?
Avocados are just one of those fruits that just keep on giving and they are hard to overlook when choosing suitable ingredients for healthy smoothies.
They add texture, a little bit of taste (but more texture) and also the many health benefits as you have read above.
Avocados these days are readily available and easy to use and add to your meals throughout the day.
But on the off chance you can’t add them into your meals because there aren’t ripe ones available in the supermarket or there may have been a few cyclones that wiped out crops, you know you can always go to old faithful to get your avocado fix.
Yes, Super Cubes.
Easy, convenient and with planning, always a plentiful bounty in your freezer.