Avocados’ nutritional value ‘justifies water use’

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No other food offers the same nutritional value per litre of water used to harvest it, according to WAO

Avocados’ nutritional benefits justify their water consumption, the World Avocado Organisation has claimed, hitting back at further media reports highlighting the fruit’s irrigation requirements.

According to the superfood’s global promotional body, no other food offers the same nutritional value per litre of water used to harvest it.

“For every 100g of avocado, the energy contribution is 167 kcal, 485 mg of potassium, 73.23 g of water, 52 mg of phosphorus, 29 mg of magnesium, 12 mg of calcium, in addition to vitamins A, C, E and K,” a spokesperson from the WAO said.

Comparing avocados to other foods, they added: “If we take into account the tomato, the vegetable that needs the least amount of water for its production, the nutrients it provides are minimal compared to the avocado.

“Tomato production requires few water resources, but the energy contribution is not proportional. Rice provides more nutrients than tomatoes, but the amount of water it needs is high.

“The only food that provides many healthy nutrients to the body and consumes sustainable water levels is the avocado.”

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