Avocados Have Amazing Health Benefits
Recent research on avocado and heart disease risk has revealed some important health benefits that may be unique to this food.
According to Whole Foods:
Recent studies have analyzed the overall impact of avocado on the average U.S. diet, with some fascinating results. In one broad-based, national study, all participants who reported eating any avocado during the last 24 hours were compared to all participants who reporting eating no avocado during that same time period.
The avocado-eating U.S. adults were found to have greater fiber intake (over 6 grams more for the day); greater potassium intake (439 milligrams more); greater vitamin K intake (57 micrograms more); and greater vitamin E intake (2.2 milligrams alpha-tocopherol equivalents more) than U.S. adults who ate no avocado.
Interestingly, all of the nutrients listed above are nutrients for which avocado receives a rating of “good” on our WHFoods nutrient rating system! It’s worth adding here that U.S. adults consuming avocado also averaged 43 milligrams more magnesium, 5.6 grams more monounsaturated fat, and 3.2 grams more polyunsaturated fat.
The study authors also noted that avocado eating was associated with better overall diet quality, as well as better intake of vegetables and fruits as a whole.
Avocados are delicious pear-shaped fruits that are great for salads and guacamole. If you eat this fruit often why not try planting it in a small garden pot and grow your own tree and save yourself time and money.
Now while the avocado tree is a warm season plant and can be easily destroyed by cold and frost. You can now learn how to plant this tree in a small garden pot and have it in your home.
Grow an Avocado Tree in 6 Steps
You will need a small garden pot.
Step 1: Extract the seed
First of all carefully remove the seed from the avocado fruit, avoid cutting it as you do so. Then you thoroughly wash it clean of the avocado fruit, you can soak it for a few minutes in water then gently scrub off the avocado fruit that may be on it but be careful not to peel off the brown skin of the seed while you scrub it.
Step 2: Pierce your seed
The avocado seed is usually oblong in shape, although there are instances where it is almost a perfect sphere. However, every avocado seed has a top where the plant will sprout from and a bottom from which its root will grow. You will know this by observing the seed; the end that is slightly pointy is the top while the end that is slightly flat is the bottom.
It is this bottom end that will be placed in water and not the top end, so take note before piercing with toothpicks. Next you will stick toothpicks at the bottom end of your seed; the purpose of this is to elevate the seed so that its entire body is not submerged in water.
Step 3: Soak your seed in water
You should ensure that the bottom end of your avocado seed in placed in water to allow the roots grow. Make sure the toothpicks are firmly wedged in at an angle that slightly points downwards, this is to ensure that the bottom of the seed is properly submerged in the water when it is placed over a glass.
Step 4: Allow your seed to sprout
You will notice the top end of the avocado seed will split and out of it will come a stem sprout, while its roots will grow out from its bottom end; this occurs in about three to six weeks. As soon as the stem is about five or six inches in length, you should just cut off the first set of leaves. By the next two or three weeks a fresh set of leaves will sprout out and also more roots will grow out at its base.
Step 5: Time to trim the sprout
As soon as the sprout tail reaches about 6 or 7 inches, you will need to trim it to half its length in order to promote fresh growth.
Step 6: Get ready to plant
Get a large flower pot and place in it an enriched potting soil. The flower potcan be about 8″ to 10″ across. Ensure that the soil is filled to approximately an inch from the top of your pot. Then you are expected to create a small hole at the center of the soil and gently place your seed by its bottom end into the hole. You should moisten your soil with lots of water afterwards and when you have done that you are done.