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Thanks to Megatheriums and Glyptodons, the whole world enjoys avocados

Avocados have gained enormous popularity for being an excellent source of monounsaturated fat (good fat) and obviously for their health benefits. They have always been a delicatessen for everyone, including our ancestors. But not our forefathers from 100 years ago. Neither 200 years ago. Nor 300 years ago. We need to look back to the Pleistocene epoch when mammals Megatheriums and Glyptodons were around. In fact, thanks to them the entire world can enjoy avocados today.

Avocados
Avocado display with a ripeness guide in a supermarket

The avocado tree, originally from Mexico, evolved as a delicatessen for those prehistoric animals. They used to eat the whole fruit, including the hard seed. However, their digestive system couldn’t break it down. So, when they had to go to the wild “bathroom”, they scattered every single seed which was very well fertilized. The “call of the nature” act by these animals promoted the avocado tree and its fruit. First miracle. Nevertheless, when all these big animals became extinct more than 10.000 years ago, the avocado was almost extinct too.

Glyptodon
A drawing with two Megatheriums eating and a Glyptodon

Luckily, humans soon arrived to those lands and they also found avocados delicious. Second miracle. These events saved this tasty fruit that everyone worldwide enjoys nowadays.

Why so popular?

Avocados are one of the top 20 fruits consumed worldwide due to their health benefits. Apparently, their healthy monounsaturated fat reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases. And apart from that, avocados contain the lowest load of pesticides according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) list 2020.

Avocados

They contain a good amount of potassium, more than bananas, and fibre. Well known for their high prolife of antioxidants and vitamins such C, E and K. Many studies show a positive impact on lowering cholesterol, reducing inflammation, protecting eyes and boosting the immune system.

So, now that you know the origin of avocados, next time you may think twice whether to eat them or not.

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