Ode to the Avocado
Did you know that this fantastic tasting, creamy fruit (yes, that’s right, it’s a fruit) also answers to the name of alligator pear, butter fruit, and super food?
Avocados boast many health attributes that make including it in your diet even more appealing.
Bring on the nutrients
Avocados are a naturally nutrient-dense food, containing nearly 20 vitamins (C,E, K, and B-6, to name a few) and minerals. They are the only fruit to have a substantial amount of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids.
Potassium, potassium, potassium
Most people don’t get enough potassium in their daily diet, and while a banana may be a go-to for this nutrient, you might be surprised to find out that an avocado actually has more potassium. Avocados have 100 grams (3.5 ounce) per serving, which is 14% of the recommended dietary allowance compared to the 10% that comes from eating a banana.
Protect those eyes
Avocados contain lutein and zeaxanthin, two nutrients that are important for good eye health. Studies have shown that these nutrients have been linked to reducing the risk for macular degeneration and cataracts.
Hold the sugar
Compared to other fruits, avocados contain very small amounts of sugar. They are about 73% water, 15% fat, 8.5 % carbohydrates, and 2% protein.
An avocado can actually help to freshen your breath. Bacteria build up in your gut and intestines can cause bad breath. Eating an avocado cleanses your mouth and helps remove that bacteria.
Eating this fruit regularly can give you a helping hand in maintaining strong bones, thanks to the vitamin K, as well as many other bone-healthy nutrients.
There are lots of creative ways to incorporate this healthy fruit into your diet. Add it to your morning smoothie or have avocado toast for breakfast, slice it on your salad, or mash it as a side for tortilla chips or pretzels.
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