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Avocados

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Avocados has lots of properties, very useful to help us maintaining our health and beauty.

Avocado it isn’t very welcome on many diets. But that is only based on a myth, that says it has lots of fats and cholesterol. Luckily, this myth is going down. You should know that avocado has absolutely nothing of cholesterol and, even though it do contain fats, these are mostly monounsaturated, which means that they are fats that are good for our body and health.

It contains lots of antioxidants that restrain the action of the free radicals, the ones who provoke us a long list of degenerative diseases, such as cancer or Alzheimer.

It has folic acid, what it makes it very good for pregnant women and people with anaemia.

And when we are talking about caring about our beauty, avocado is a wonderful ally: you can use it to make masks to nourish your ill-treated hair, face masks and masks to soften any part of your body, due to its great natural humectant powers for the skin. These home-made treatments are very cheap and effective. And is not just a coincidence that avocado is widely used in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.

It is said, also, that avocado contains strong aphrodisiac powers, known for thousands of years. There is the belief that due to its shape and richness in vitamin E (related to fertility and reproduction), these magical powers appear.

For its large amount of magnesium and potassium, and low sodium, it is very advisable  for people suffering from arterial hypertension or affections in blood vessels. Is good for people with bulimia or patients taking diuretics that remove potassium.

But don’t forget: people suffering from kidney failure or people who need a diet where this mineral is controlled, should be warned. Avocado has lots of potassium.

Varieties

Hass

Of all the existent varieties of avocado, the Hass variety is the one that’s more commercialized in the world. This doesn’t only occur due to its unique flavour, but also because of its importance in the preservation and protection of our health.

In fact, it contains 12 of the 13 existent vitamins, specially in the complex B, E and K.

Its skin is rough and its colour is green and a bit blackish when in the tree. Once its harvested it acquires a purplish or blackish shade, so you can always know when its ready to be eaten.

GEM

This variety was developed by the researcher Grey. E. Martin (GEM), after a long process that started in the 60s, in south California.

The skin of this variety turns from green (when in the tree) to a blackish/dark burgundy when its ready to eat.

Its nutritious characteristics are a lot like of the Hass variety, and almost the only difference between them is that GEM gives the growers the chance to have a bigger harvest.