The world's sexiest fruit!

  1. Posted Mon, Oct 29, 2007

    It gets its name from the word ahuacatl, Aztec for, well, testicle -- which it clearly resembles. And because of its shape, the Aztecs prized it as a powerful aphrodisiac. After several centuries and many name changes (geez, thank goodness!), we now know this glorious fruit as the decadently delicious, highly nutritious...avocado. And it isn't just for eating anymore.

    Good for all of you Avocados are one of nature's more perfect foods. They're so yummy that eating them makes you feel like you're getting away with something, yet they're brimming with healthy nutrients (vitamins E, C, fiber, even some protein) plus good-guy fats (mono and polyunsaturated). And not only are they good for your inside, they're good for your skin-side too.

    Skin care goes green Have you noticed that avocados are making star turns in trendy skin-care products? That's because scientist have found that some antioxidants -- like the natural vitamin E in avocado -- help protect the skin from aging and damage caused by sun, smoke, and pollution. "Avocados are also a great way to moisturize because they act as humectants -- that is, they draw water into the skin and plump it up, giving it a more youthful quality. And because the antioxidants in avocados are in their native form, they may be more effective than other forms of vitamin E," says dermatologist Amy Wechsler, MD, RealAge's skin specialist.
    Got an overripe avocado that never made it into a salad? Don't toss it. Here's a skin rescue recipe that's an instant spa treatment for your face.

    1. Mash half of a chilled, slightly overripe avocado with 1/2 tablespoon of honey, a natural moisturizer and healer. "Then, using your hands, wash your face gently with a cleanser or mild soap," says Dr. Wechsler.
    2. Find a relaxing spot away from distractions like phones and email. Apply mask gently to face, avoiding the eyes, and lie down for 20 minutes, letting the mask do its good-skin work.
    3. Rinse with warm water. Moisturize to seal in the goodness. Check out your radiant complexion -- it's your skin's way of thanking you.
    Feel like you just took a couple of years off your face? Find out if your body's younger than your legal age too -- take the scientifically proven RealAge test and find out. Meanwhile, pick up a couple of avocados on your way home tonight; those Aztecs were clearly onto something.

  2. I love avocados. YUM!!!

    I'll have to try that face mask...thanks for posting. My absolute favorite eye cream is Kiehl's creamy avocado eye treatment.
  3. I love them too. I eat them plain w/ salt and pepper! I have never thought of them as sexy though... maybe I should now!
  4. ^ LOL my thoughts exactly! :p
  5. Avocados means guacamole and sushi. OMG... :drool: :drool: :love:
  6. I worship the ground that avocado walks on!!!! :woohoo:
  7. OOOOHHHH... I love them too!!!
    Especially in Sushi or eaten like Sashimi (sliced to normal sashimi thickness, put Japanese fish flakes on them then dipped in soy & wasabi) over rice!
  8. I love avocados too(I actually grow them!). I'm going to try the face mask.
  9. I LOVE avocados
  10. Interesting...never thought about the testicle connection.
  11. I put these in my salad all the time... I am gonna have to try the mask!
  12. YES ! I eat acovadoes like that all the time, well, minus the fish flakes. This is as close as it gets to sashimi for me now a days.

    I used to eat 4-5 a week, and it would just blaze through my grocery budget, but I just couldn't stop myself ! When I was backpacking in Europe, I got to sample the various avocado imports, and let me tell you, South African avocadoes are spectacular !
  13. LOL everytime I eat one now, I'm gonna be thinking about testicles... really not that sexy LOL
  14. Love avocadoes mixed with crushed ice & sugar. YUM! :drool:
  15. I eat it like that too! It's like an avocado ice cream/shake.