Avocado was once used for making guacamole, but now celebrities can't get enough of it – it's mashed on toast, blitzed in desserts, chopped in salads, all over Instagram – and even on Miley Cyrus' arm in the form of a tattoo.
Miranda Kerr is a long-time advocate for avocado, which is a great source of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. The Australian-born model reportedly often makes healthy salads for dinner with nutrient-packed avocado, feta, and spinach and snacks on the creamy green fruit throughout the day.
Jennifer Aniston recently shared a snap of her healthy breakfast when she took over Living Proof's Instagram
Meanwhile, when Jennifer Aniston took over beauty brand Living Proof's Instagram account for a day, the beautiful actress made her highly anticipated social media debut with a shot of her delicious-looking breakfast, which consisted of slices of avocado alongside a poached egg on brown toast and tomatoes.
The latest celebrity to show their love for avocado is Miley Cyrus, who recently paid tribute to the superfood with an inking of one on her arm.
Miley Cyrus has shown her love of avocados with a tattoo
So, why has it become such a favourite in and out of celebrity circles?
Avocado is bursting with protein, omega 3 fatty acids, and 20 essential nutrients such as potassium, vitamin E and various B vitamins, including folic acid.
Packed with good fats that lower cholesterol
Half a medium-sized avocado contains about 138 calories and 14.1g fat, but this fat is the "good kind of fat" – monosaturated fat – which can help lower cholesterol levels when eaten regularly. Keeping cholesterol levels low helps keeping your heart healthy.
High in carotenoids, which contain cancer-beating properties
Avocado is packed with carotenoids, the colorful plant pigments some of which the body can turn into vitamin A. They are powerful antioxidants that can help prevent some forms of cancer and heart disease, and act to enhance your immune response to infections.
Avocado is bursting with protein, omega 3 fatty acids, and 20 essential nutrients
Great for the bones and vision
With half an avocado containing approximately 25% of the daily-recommended intake for vitamin K, avocado is good for bone health by increasing calcium absorption and reducing urinary excretion of calcium. It also contains lutein and zeaxanthin, two phytochemicals that are essential to eye health and act as antioxidants in the eye.
Avocado is high in fibre, with approximately 6-7 grams per half fruit, making it good for maintaining a healthy digestive tract and lowering the risk of colon cancer.
Incredibly versatile, and delicious
Avocado can go in pretty much anything, whether it's a snack, smoothie, dessert, salad, or main course. And let's be honest, it tastes delicious.