What You Need to Know About the Almighty Avocado

What You Need to Know About the Almighty Avocado
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What You Need to Know About the Almighty Avocado

Want to know more about the almighty avocado?

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The oils within avocados are used in many beauty products, providing moisture for the skin.

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The avocado is considered a natural mouthwash and can help eliminate bad breath!

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The fruit contains vitamin B6, which can help relieve morning sickness for pregnant women.

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One avocado tree can produce up to 500 avocados per year!

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Mexico produces the most avocados in the world. Second runner up? California, with San Diego producing more than 60 percent of the state's famed fruit. Third in line is Florida.

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Is your avocado ripening slowly? We hate when that happens! Stick it in a paper bag to help speed up the process. An avocado, once picked, can take up to 7-10 days to ripen before eating. This can take longer if the avocado is refrigerated!

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Are avocados good or bad for you? We're here to help you find the truth: it is a little of both!

Bad news first: the avocado is indeed, fatty. Carrying up to 29 grams of fat and 2-300 calories per avocado, you should be wary of eating a few of these in one sitting. However, most of the fat is monounsaturated, meaning it won't increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Now for the good news: if eaten in moderation, these creamy, delectable and delicious treats can do far more good than bad. For instance, did you know the avocado can contain over 145 grams of water? That is, in part, what helps keep us full for so long after consuming avocados. They are a good source of dietary fiber, help regulate insulin levels and can contain up to 20 percent of your daily value of vitamin C.

To learn more about avocado's exceptional qualities, check out our slideshow above!

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