The avocado we eat is a tree fruit that grows in subtropical areas . (Botanically, it’s a large berry containing a single seed.) The avocados we eat are not grown locally, but are imported, usually from Mexico. They are also grown in California and Florida.
Some nutritional/health benefits:
It ain’t tainted: it’s #2 on the Clean Fifteen list.
More info: variety of perspectives:
- From Fresh Avocados: Love one today: excerpt “Fat-Souble Vitamins” – https://www.avocadocentral.com/nutrition/nutrients-in-avocado/fat-soluble-vitamins-avocado
- Because of their fat content, avocados act as a “nutrient booster” by helping the body to better absorb fat-soluble nutrients from the foods that are eaten with the fruit.
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- From Authority Nutrition: “12 Proven Health Benefits of Avocado” –https://authoritynutrition.com/12-proven-benefits-of-avocado/
- From Well-Being Secrets: “19 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Avocado”- http://www.well-beingsecrets.com/health-benefits-of-avocado/
- From Weston A.Price Foundation: excerpt from “FAQ-Fats and Oils” http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/faq-fats-and-oils/
- Q. I was wondering whether by . . . consuming chia seeds, coconut oil and avocados provides me with an efficient source of fat for maintaining biochemical processes in my body.
- A. . . . Chia seeds, coconut oil and avocados will not supply the crucial fat-soluble vitamins A, D and K2. You need to at least eat butter from grass-fed cows for that, and hopefully take cod liver oil.
Nutrient content can vary greatly depending on soil conditions, with organic methods and a soil rich in organic matter generally producing the best results.
‘Dirty Dozen’ or ‘Clean Fifteen’ lists do not necessarily apply to produce grown on local farms — you need to check with the farmer to determine if and when any fertilizers or pesticides were applied.