Curious facts about avocado

Why do sliced avocados turn brown? When you slice an avocado, you are breaking the cell walls, causing oxidation. This oxidation process can be avoided if you add an acid agent (lemon or lime juice, for example) and restrict the surface area exposed to air.

Avocados are a great nutrition source of potassium. They can contain up to 60% more potassium than bananas.

In early times, European sailors used avocados as a substitute for butter.

The Hass avocado is the variety containing more fibre than any other commonly eaten fruit.

In France, the word for avocado is "avocat" (which means advocate), while in Italy it is "avocado". The story goes like this: in France, avocados came from Haiti and they were called ‘la bonne poire’ (the good pear). Soon, prices shot up and they were so high that French people considered this fruit could only be afforded by very wealthy people, like advocates. That is why they started calling it "poire d'avocat", finally leading to the current denomination, "avocat".

According to a research published in the "Journal of the American Heart Association", eating an avocado a day is a very healthy way of keeping your cholesterol levels under control. Researches assure that in heart–healthy diets, saturated fatty acids should be replaced with unsaturated fatty acids, like those that can be found in avocados.

But avocado can be used for other things apart from eating: the avocado oil is used in cosmetics; in anti-aging treatments; to keep your skin healthy or even in shampoos that make your hair healthier and shinier.

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