Avocadoes are among the healthiest fruits on Earth, being loaded with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, like vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E, potassium, and high amounts of heart.
One serving, or about 40 grams of avocado, contains 64 calories, less than a gram of sugar, 6 grams of fat, and 3 grams of fiber.
These frits are high in a natural plant sterol called beta-sitosterol, that maintains healthy cholesterol levels and improve heart health.
The lutein and zeaxanthin in avocados, two phytochemicals especially concentrated in the tissues in the eyes, reduce damage, and support eye health, while the monounsaturated fatty acids lower the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration.
Avocados improve bone health, due to the high vitamin K amounts, and prevent osteoporosis. Moreover, the regular intake of folate, found in avocados, prevents the development of stomach, colon, pancreatic, and cervical cancers, and lowers the risk of miscarriage and neural tube defects.
Avocados prevent depression, regulate mood and sleep, help digestion and weight loss, detoxify the body, and prevent the development of multiple chronic diseases, like coronary heart disease, stroke, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and certain gastrointestinal diseases.
However, their nutritional value and amazing taste have made them extremely popular, so prices of avocados have gone up by over 25% in a year.
In order to save your money, and still enjoy the amazing benefits of these fruits, you should start growing your own avocados at home.
Here is how to grow your own avocado tree at home from a seed and reap all these benefits of avocados:
— Clean an avocado seed well, and stick 4 toothpicks into it, at equal distances apart.
— Place it in a glass of water, with the toothpicks soaking in an inch of water.
— Put the glass in a warm place, exposed to direct sunlight.
— After 2-6 weeks, as soon as the stem has grown six inches and you can see the roots, cut the stem back to three inches. Then, wait for the stem to reach 6 inches again, and for the new leaves to appear.
— Then, plant the seed in a small hole you have made in a large pot, full of nutrient-rich soil. The pot should be about 10cm in diameter, with a small drainage hole on the bottom. Half of the seed should be exposed above the soil.
— Place the pot in a sunny area, and water the tree regularly and frequently. In case the leaves become dry or brown, the tree lacks enough water, so turn the tap on and allow the water to run through the soil for a few moments. However, make a few days break from watering in case the leaves turn yellow and droop.
— It might need a few years for the tree to bear fruit, but when it does, you can enjoy your own avocados in a completely cost-free way!