Avocado, also known as alligator pear is nature’s miracle fruit. Although many of us love it to death, a lot of people of ignorant of its nutritional value. Avocados are a great source of  vitamin C, E, K, and B-6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, beta-carotene, potassium and Omega 3 fatty acids. As you can see, this fruit is just a few nutrients short of a complete vitamin supplement.

Avocado is also great for your vision as well. It contains lutein and zeaxanthin, which are two phytochemicals that are found in the tissues in the eyes, where they provide protection, especially from ultraviolet light.

Folate, which is found in avocado is very helpful for a healthy pregnancy as it reduces the risk of miscarriage and neural tube defects. Foods rich in folate also help against depression.

Folate lowers the accumulation of homocysteine, a substance that can negatively affects nutrients getting to the brain. A build up of homocysteine can interfere with the production of serotonin and dopamine which controls mood, appetite and sleep.

Although much of the calories in an avocado come from fat, you should not run scared. Avocados are full of healthy, monounsaturated fatty acids. This is beneficial for keeping you full and satiated.

​When you consume this fat, your brain receives a signal to turn off your appetite. This fat also slows down the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar, which helps to keep sugar levels in your blood stable.

So go ahead and have your pear. Many Jamaicans like it with bulla, bread, breadfruit, dumplings or even pastries. Then there are those who are truly into pear so much they simply eat it all by itself.

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