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The Avocado is the very top beneficial food in the Cretan Diet due to its toxin busting compounds. The fruit bearing trees were brought to Europe originally by the early Spanish explorers to the Americas. The exact origin of the avocado is in Mexico where the local Aztec Indian word "avocado" actually means "testicles" in the Nahuatl language. Another anomaly is the avocado is also called Alligator fruit.
Today, the green and succulent Avocado (L. Persea americana) bearing trees are found growing in Western Crete and Cyprus and the fruit is abundant during the summer months.The avocados contain almost 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamins B and E, and folic acid. When the avocado pulp (guacamole) is consumed along with other foods it acts as a "nutrient booster" by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene, and lutein. In fact, an avocado's energy comes from fat, most of which is mono-unsaturated fat (oleic acid) which benefits in reducing cholesterol levels in the system. Slice them, dice them, pulp them, which ever way you choose to present them the fruits are packed full of antioxidants, especially glutathione. This is a detox agent of the best kind. Glutathione works wonders as it carries harmful toxins right out of the body making you feel better and healthier.
Please note: While the Avocado is good for us humans as part of the Cretan Diet do make sure your pets (including horses) do not ingest any leaves; play with the pit (stone) or twigs due to a substance called Persin is harmful to their well being.