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The uniqueness of Avocados lies in the fact that it is high in natural healthy fats. The incredible health benefits of the humble Avo have resulted in them taking centre stage on social media.  Flaunting these natural treats on everything from toast to in Smoothies have become a worldwide trend. It’s not surprising then that while we all know about them not all of us know exactly why they are so popular.

The scientific name for the Avo is Persea Americana and it originated in the south of Mexico some 7 000 years ago. They were nicknamed Alligator Pears because of their shape and skin. Today there are over 80 variants of the fruit with the most popular being the Hass Avocado. Avocados are not assigned any GI value. This is because they contain so little carbohydrates. Try some of our delicious recipes!

Why are Avocados so expensive?

There are two main reasons why buying an avo today is likely to cost you a small food fortune. The first reason for this is basic supply and demand. There has been an increase in the demand for Avocados in the last three years (we could blame the international trend). In fact, demand has doubled! Interestingly, 90% of the avos grown in sunny South Africa are consumed locally! The other factor which makes these little green gems so expensive is the recent drought experienced in the country.

Here are the top 4 health benefits of east avos regularly:

Healthy Heart

Easting an avo increases good cholesterol in the body. This, in turn, promotes a healthy heart.  Ripe avos are better for you because they contain lower levels of saturated fats and higher levels of oleic acids. The potassium on the avo helps to regulate blood pressure.

Cancer Fighter

Avocatin B is found in Avocados and this lipid has been found to fight leukaemia. One study also found that avo extract slowed the growth of cancer cells associated with prostate cancer.

Eyesight Booster

To give your vision a healthy boost you need Lutein and Zeaxanthin. These are carotenoids and work to prevent muscular degeneration in the eyes as a result of aging. Both these carotenoids are found in avocado.

Better for Bones

For your body to absorb calcium properly it needs boron a mineral which is also found in Avocados. Additionally, vitamin K which is found in avo is important for ensuring bone health. Some studies even suggest Avos are great for treating arthritis because they have anti-inflammatory properties.

So we know that avos are great for the body but did you know they are also great for your skin. This is because the skin will absorb all of the great minerals and nutrients from the Avo.

Check out these two DIY avo face masks to rejuvenate your skin:

Avocado-Honey Mask

This facial treat is perfect for skin which is prone to acne. You can use this mask up to twice a week.

You’ll need:

  • A ripe avocado
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Making the mask:

  • Scoop out avo and mash into a paste
  • Mix honey into the paste
  • Apply to face and leave for 20 minutes
  • Rinse with cold water

Avocado-Banana Mask

This incredible face mask is perfect for all skin types. Apply twice a week.

You’ll need:

  • ½ a ripe banana
  • ½ a ripe avocado

Making the mask:

  • Mash both the avo and the banana together in a bowl without any lumps
  • Apply to face and leave for 20 minutes
  • Rinse with cold water

Check out these amazingly avocado recipes:

Avocado, Cheddar, and Sprouts Pockets with Tangy Lime Mayo

This fast, delicious sandwich is California-cool on a hot summer’s day. And the monounsaturated fats in avocado can actually lower bad cholesterol.

Spiced Chicken Tacos with Avocado and Pomegranate Salsa

Avocado is packed with monounsaturated fats that help reduce inflammation and will help you feel fuller longer.

Zesty Shrimp Salad with Couscous

This bright and flavourful salad gets pops of contrasting colour and taste from sweet orange slices, succulent shrimp, and salty green olives.