Avocado Nutrition Information
Avocados are really good ingredients in salads, dips, desserts or even smoothies.
The avocado consists of 73% water, 15% fat, 8.5% carbohydrates (rich in fibers) and 2% of protein.
An avocado (150 grams) contains 250 calories.
The table below contains information in avocados per 150 grams.
About 1 whole avocado
(150g / 5oz)
|Folate (mcg or μg)||135|
|Vitamin A (mcg or μg)||10|
How Much Should I Eat Per Day?
An avocado involves many things like factors such as your age, gender, height, weight, current medical conditions, and family history will be really important as how much fat and calories your body needs per day. However i’d stick with eating one to two servings, which is in between 2 to 5 slices of avocado and about 2-3 times per week at most. This serving size will be enough of the health benefits without affecting your weight loss efforts.
Can I Eat Avocado Seed?
If you can eat avocado seed? Yes you can!
Avocados are so popular and they can be used in so many ways and the seed is one of them!
They’re super nutritious, great in smoothies and very easy to include in tasty desserts.
Each avocado has a single large seed that is normally thrown away, but we are going to show you its health benefits and how should be eaten.
What’s in an Avocado Seed?
The avocado seed is encased in a hard shell.
Here is 6 reasons to eat an avocado seed:
- Rich sources of antioxidants;
- High in dietary fiber;
- Is an anti-microbial on its own;
- Reduces cholesterol levels;
- Is Anti-inflammatory;
- Digestive Health;
Avocado Seed Health Benefits
Avocado seed are used to manage high blood pressure.
The seeds are considered to be under-utilized, and they may have some health benefits.
Below are some potential ways in which avocado seed may benefit to your health:
- Cholesterol: Avocado seed flour has been shown to reduce total cholesterol and “bad”.
- Diabetes: Reduces and helps balance blood sugar levels. Controlling blood sugar can avoid develop diabetes type 2.
- Anti-Inflamatory: Chronicle inflammation such as Asthma, Allergies, Cancer, Premature Aging, Heart Disease and so much more can be improved by the high antioxidants for the human body against inflammation. These antioxidants can help quell the inflammatory response and reduces the swelling and pain.
- Antioxidant: Avocado seed extracts have shown that the avocado seed may contain 70% of the total antioxidants content.
- Antibacterial: It stops the growth of Clostridium sporogenes.
- Antifungal: Avocado seed has inhibited fungal growth in test-tube studies. In particular, it can inhibit Candida and the AedesAegipty(mosquito that carries the Yellow Fever).
- Digestive Health: The seeds can be used to treat digestive health problems like constipation s, diarrhea, gastric ulcers and dysentery.
How to Eat an Avocado Seed
Avocado seeds are very hard and must be prepared before they can be eaten.
First, they need to be dried out in the oven at a high temperature for 2 hours at 250°F (121°C).
Once the seed is dehydrated, it can be chopped and placed in a blender or food processor until it forms a powder.
The powder can then be added to smoothies or used in teas, sauces, dips, desserts, cakes or even in your food.
The seed is bitter so its best if you balance it with sweet ingredients such as fruits like banana, strawberries, to be honest its up to you!
Do you plant avocado seeds?
In the UK avocados are grown as houseplants until becoming too large.
In some places they can grow outside as trees.
But growing an avocado indoor from the seed is a better bet and fun for adults and children alike.
Here is some facts:
Common name: Avocado, avocado pear
Botanical name: Persea Americana
Group: Tender evergreen tree
Flowering time: Spring but rarely flowers or fruits as a houseplant
Height and spread: Ultimately 15-20m (49-66ft); smaller in containers
Hardiness: Frost tender
How to cultivate
temperate climates grow under cover in containers at least 30cm (1ft) in diameter using soil based compost with added sharp sand. Apply balanced liquid feed every 2-3 weeks.
When roots appear through drainage holes, repot. Probably you need to this every year.
Repotting is best done in the spring. Is best grown in a bright, sunny position.
The avocado doesn’t like too much water or too dry.
Water freely in summer; but less frequently in winter.
Temperatures in Winter
Your avocado plant WILL LOVE you if you keep in temperatures in the region of 13-18°C (55-65°F).
When you see that is actually well-established use a general purpose pot plant feed every seven to ten days during the spring and summer and at about six to eight week intervals during the rest of the year.
For home gardeners
Growing from the seed is the simplest thing and with the right care might grow into a tree!
The seeds are large and germinate after four to eight weeks.
You can either start them off in water or sow straight into compost.
- Find a jar with a suitable wide neck;
- Fill it with water then, using pieces of cork or soft wood, wedge the avocado seed so the bottom of it touches the water;
- Keep at a temperature of 20-25°C (68-77°F);
- Keep the water topped up so the base of the seed is kept continually moist;
- When the leaves and a reasonable amount of fibrous root has developed, carefully remove it from the jar and plant so that the seed is covered in a well-drained pot using potting compost;
- When the stem reaches 15cm (6 in) tall, cut back by half;
- When it has grown another 15cm (6 inches), pinch out the two newest sets of leaves top encourage bushy growth.
- Soak undamaged seed in hot water for 30 minutes at 40-52°C (104-125°F);
- Cut a thin slice from the pointed end off the seed;
- Sow in a pot of moist sandy compost with the cut end slightly above the soil surface and keep at 20-25°C (68-77°F);
- When grown as indoor or houseplants, after the second or third year plants will often begin to show signs of leaf discoloration and deterioration;
- Repotting in spring when the container is filled with roots may give a stimulus to growth, but plants appear to dislike long-term cultivation in the drier atmosphere of a house and are really best regarded as only short-term foliage plants to be replaced from time to time;
- .Glasshouse white fly, thrips and glasshouse red spider mite and mealybug may be problematic;
- Avocado plants can also suffer from fungal leaf spots and root rots (Phytophthora).