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An avocado may have a range of health benefits, including improving digestion, decreasing the risk of depression,  protecting against cancer. and may even help prevent osteoporosis.

What is an avocado and where is it from?

The popularity of  this fruit is down to its rich, creamy texture and mild flavour. The avocado, or Persea Americana, is a fruit that belongs to the family of lauraceae.

This group also includes members such as cinnamon and laurel. There are dozens of varieties of avocado, ranging in size, colour and texture.

All are native to tropical climates and when harvested, the flesh softens to a buttery texture that has become extremely popular in everything from dips to desserts.

You may be surprised to learn that avocados are actually a fruit! Indeed, the avocado is botanically considered a berry because of its fleshy pulp and large single seed, and because this fruit is the product of a tree.

The Central American avocado tree originated in southern Mexico and Colombia around 7,000 years ago. By the 16th century, the Aztecs and Incas shared the avocado with Spanish conquistadors, who then named them aguacate.

Later nicknamed “alligator pears” by English colonists for their green, scale-like skin and pear shape!

 

 


Peter Heale Chiropractor in Hitchin and LutonFrom the team at Heale's Chiropractic Clinics
Over 30 years of helping people in Hitchin and Luton and the surrounding areas of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire

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