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Avocados, green gems in delicate packaging, are widely recognised around the world as being one of the “superfoods” we should be including into our daily diets. In the UK alone, over 35 million avocados are consumed every year, and when you take a look at some of the incredible properties of this delicious fruit, it’s not hard to see why people are so crazy about it.
Perfect for pregnancy – avos contain high amounts of folic acid, a B vitamin that is proven to help protect against birth defects such as anencephaly and spina bifida. Folate also helps reduce the risk of mothers giving birth too early and helps to regulate fetal and embryonic nerve function.
A Winner for Weightloss – many people think avocados are fattening, but they actually contain healthy, unsaturated fats that trigger a compound in our small intestines that curbs hunger pangs. Studies show that making avos a regular part of your diets will make you feel fuller and eat less.
A Boost for Beauty – avocados are high in antioxidants, essential oils and amino acids, which means they are great at helping to repair damaged hair, treat sunburn, moisturise dry skin and even, according to some studies, minimise wrinkles.
Nice and Nutritious – on top of all these other benefits, avocados are extremely nutrient-dense, and are loaded with vitamins A, C and E. They also have an abundance of B vitamins, and have twice the potassium of bananas. In addition, the average avo contains about four grams of protein, making it the fruit with the highest protein content.
It’s no wonder the awesome avocado is in such demand around the world.
Originally native to southern Mexico, avos are now grown in many countries, including America, Australia, South Africa, Israel and Egypt. These countries are all capitalising on the growing global demand for the nutritional powerhouse that is the avocado, and more and more avo growers are realising the benefits of using Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) to extend the shelf life of their produce, meaning they can send their avos further afield without compromising on the end quality.
Growers have found that using MAP with elevated concentrations of CO2 (between 5 and 7%), combined with reduced oxygen concentrations (between 3 and 5%), meant it was possible to store avocados at low temperature for up to nine weeks with limited softening of the fruit and without any chilling damage. MA packaging also significantly reduced weight loss in stored avos – only one percent after nine weeks, compared with up to 7% after six weeks in produce that was stored without MAP.
Mapflex International is a joint venture between international companies, and our purpose is to improve on the standard method of fresh vegetable packaging for large-scale retailers by offering an innovative game-changing packaging material and methods. If you’d like to know more about how our packaging can increase your profitability, contact Mapflex today.