Depending on the variety, the avocado can be round or pear-shaped and vary in color from deep green to black. What is the secret of its popularity? This unique fruit is incredibly rich in healthy fats, and also contains about 20 vitamins and minerals. In addition, it has very few carbohydrates and a lot of fiber, which is why avocados are so often included in the diet of those who adhere to weight loss diets.
But like any other product, it can do harm as well as good. The estragol and anetole it contains in large quantities can lead to complications in people suffering from liver disease. Discomfort can also arise in those who have stomach problems, who have too thin blood and increased potassium in the body. It should also be consumed with caution by pregnant and nursing mothers, as avocados can reduce the production of breast milk. Those who take anti-inflammatory drugs should also refrain from the fruit, so as not to reduce the effectiveness of the drugs. The main rule to follow is to know the measure. A moderate amount of avocado for people who are not allergic to it, will be extremely beneficial. Choosing avocados Probably everyone who buys avocados, at least once faced disappointment - the fruit turned out to be either unripe or overripe, when I wanted to get exactly the opposite result. To avoid playing the lottery, you need to remember a few simple rules. Pay attention to the color and condition of the rind: the riper the avocado, the darker it is. Unripe fruits are more green (although there are exceptions, because everything depends primarily on the variety, but about this later). The color of the skin is quite easy to choose - if you want a soft fruit, take the black one, and if you want a dense one, take the green one. As for the skin itself, it should be slightly uneven, but without any visible dents or signs of damage. Touching an avocado is one of the surest ways to determine its maturity. The ripe fruit is quite soft, but once you put your finger on it, the skin immediately returns to its place. If you can, you should definitely try it, because softness will tell you a lot more about the softness of the fruit than how it looks. Another way to visually determine ripeness is to look at the stalk. A ripe fruit has a faint brown or light green color, while an overripe fruit has a darker, even black color. Also, inspect the cuttings for rot and mold. This method works with just plucked fruit stalks. Otherwise, light, temperature and other factors can affect the cuttings and the results can be skewed.