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Let’s Get to Know the Avocado
1. An Avocado Is A Fruit, And More Specifically A Berry
Some think it is a vegetable, but the avocado is technically a fruit, and even more specifically, a single-seeded berry. Fruits consist of a tough outer layer (the skin or rind), a middle layer we typically think of as the flesh of the fruit and a casing around a seed (or seeds). Avocado is further classified as a fleshy as opposed to a dry fruit, and a berry rather than a drupe, which has tough pits or stones, like peaches.
2. This is Bananas!!!
A single avocado has 975 milligrams of potassium, while a banana, well-known for being loaded with potassium, delivers just half that, with 487 milligrams per large fruit.
3. They’ll Ripen More Quickly with A Banana Or An Apple Around
Bananas as well as apples release ethylene gas, a naturally-occurring plant hormone. If you store your unripe avocados in a brown bag with an apple or a banana, the gases trapped in the bag will help those green guys ripen more quickly.
4. Avocados Are One Of A Few High-Protein Fruits
One avocado packs four grams of good quality protein, among the highest amount coming from a fruit.
They don’t contain every single amino acid required in the body’s protein-building process, they do have all 18 of the important ones, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Plus, all of that protein is available for the body to use, while some of the protein you might get from meat sources is not.
5. You can substitute it for butter in baking
The creamy texture and healthy fats make for a surprisingly-easy baking substitution. And no, you won’t be making green muffins. In the right ratios, you can ditch some butter and replace with avocado for healthier chocolate chip cookies, banana bread and brownies and more!!
6. The avocado is not just for eating
Avocados can play a key role in your healthy hair and skin routine. The antioxidants, amino acids and essential oils inside an avocado can help repair damaged hair, moisturize dry skin, treat sunburns and maybe even minimize wrinkles, HuffPost Style reported.