“Super foods” come and go in popularity. One that is currently “in” is one that I eat everyday… avocado. You can have it on a salad (which I do at lunch), add it to a turkey sandwich, or in the popular snack of guacamole.
What’s In It?
According to WebMD.com, they are “Nutrient All-Stars” …“Avocados offer nearly 20 vitamins and minerals in every serving, including potassium (which helps control blood pressure), lutein (which is good for your eyes), and folate (which is crucial for cell repair and during pregnancy). Avocados are a good source of B vitamins, which help you fight off disease and infection. They also give you vitamins C and E, plus natural plant chemicals that may help prevent cancer. Avocados are low in sugar. And they contain fiber, which helps you feel full longer. In one study, people who added a fresh avocado half to their lunch were less interested in eating during the next three hours.”
Fat and Calories
They add, “Avocados are high in fat. But it’s monounsaturated fat, which is a “good” fat that helps lower bad cholesterol, as long as you eat them in moderation.
Avocados have a lot of calories. The recommended serving size is smaller than you’d expect: 1/5 of a medium avocado (or 1 ounce) is 50 calories.”
No wonder I have so many avocado “customers” for fruit from my tree (who greet me NOT with “How’s the family?” but with “How’s the avocado tree this year?” And these are not tiny, Haas avocados… they are usually the size of a small football — and tasty!
How do YOU eat your avocados?
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