Hass avocados are a good source of fibre, containing one of the highest levels of dietary fibre (per 100g) of any commonly eaten fruit
Hass avocados contain monounsaturated fats, which helps to lower cholesterol
Eating avocados has a positive effect on mood by increasing levels of serotonin in the brain
An avocado contains 12.5% more potassium per gram than a banana - great for replacing potassium lost by the body during exercise, and staving off cramp.
Avocados contain 11 of the 13 known vitamins and minerals essential to healthy. These include good levels of vitamins A, C and K, other antioxidants, and folic acid.
Just one half of a delicious Hass avocado counts as one of your five-a-day, and contains just 137 calories, 50% less than a plain bagel
Avocados: a recipe for beauty
With all of their nutrients—vitamins, minerals, proteins and oils—it's no surprise avocados are a nurturing beauty aid, both when we consume them and apply them directly.
Avocados revitalize skin. They cleanse and hydrate it, improving its health, ultimately enhancing it with a smooth feel and soft, glowing appearance. They're also thought to stimulate collagen in the skin. People use this fruit to exfoliate and moisture rough, dry or flaking skin, to treat eczema and sensitive skin all over the body, to reduce age spots, to sooth sunburns and to increase the skin's elasticity.
Avocados have a similar effect on hair, moisturizing and nourishing it to bring out its natural softness, luster and strength.
Avocado Hair Mask
In a small mixing bowl, combine and mash:
1 Avocado (less for shorter hair)
1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
Apply mixture to hair and allow to remain at least 30 minutes. Shampoo and condition as usual.
Avocado Facial Mask
Mash half of a Hass avocado, spread directly on a clean face and neck. Allow to remain for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
Avocado and babyfood
The creamy consistency and mild taste of Hass avocados make it one of the best first fresh fruits a baby can enjoy. It is also thought that introducing children early on to nutritious and delicious fruits, such as avocados, goes a long way towards ensuring they will continue to eat well throughout their adulthood.
For a quick snack for infants, simply mash a ripe Hass avocado with a spoon and feed directly to your baby. As you begin to introduce a wider variety of foods, try mixing mashed avocado with apple sauce, peaches, pears, bananas or even yoghurt for a nutritious meal or snack.
There is no fuss involved in preparing avocado for your baby – and no cooking either. They are perfect to pop in your bag, ready to be mashed when required. The only thing to remember is they are best eaten straight away once prepared.
Note: Always check with your paediatrician before introducing your baby to a new food, particularly if your baby has food allergies.