As rare as it is to find money in the pockets of a campus student in the middle of a semester, is it rare to finish a meal without the colourful lacing of avocado. Believe me these students would add sportpesa to their meal if they could , but an avocado a day keeps the hunger away. Whether with a plate of rice or ugali avocado never dissappoints.
I would rarely finish a day without it in a meal, just as addictive as a bad habit, avocado has booked a place in my heart, (hope my girlfriend won”t read this). But are many of the campus students aware of the benefits of Avocado or do they just take it drowning like a daily second generation liqour dose?
Most fruits contain carbohydrates but avocado has healthy fats. Apart from its bulk of hunger satisfaction,it also contains a range of vitamins such as Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, Folate, and Potassium.
Avocado does not also contain Cholesterol or sodium and its high precense of potassium ions is essential in maintaining body electrolyte balance.
As in other fruits, it also contains fiber. There are two types of fiber; soluble fiber which is essential for the stomach flora and insoluble fiber. Avocado contains 25%of soluble fiber and 75% of insoluble fiber.
The major benefits of avochado include;
(a) Reduce blood tryglycerides.
(b) Decrease LDL cholesterol.
(c) Increase HDL cholesterol.
These are all beneficial in reducing heart related ailments and conitions such as heart attack and high blood pressure.
(d) Reduce symptoms of arthritis.
(e) Weigt loss.
(f) Antioxidant that can protect the eye.
(g) Diabetes therapy by lowering LDL cholesterol
(h) Skin protection from wrinkles.
Next time you enjoy a meal with avocado remember that the fruit of avocado tree (Persea ) has more benefits to your body than you can imagine.
BY SAMMERION NYAWARA.