Are avocados healthy?

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Are avocados healthy? The answer is yes.

One medium avocado has good sources of vitamins/minerals C, E, K, folate, potassium, carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin (nutrients found in the eye and associated with a lower risk of macular degeneration and cataracts), B vitamins and 10 grams of fiber per avocado!

Yes they are high in fat, but mostly monounsaturated fats which tend to have heart health benefits. Avocados may lower the bad cholesterol ‘LDL’ as well. Avocados have plant sterols which may inhibit the absorption of cholesterol.

One avocado is about 240 calories. How to use avocado? Use 1/4 (60 cal) to 1/2 in place of other fat sources in a meal such as butter, oil, mayo, salad dressings or cheese. Some of the fat in an avocado gets bound by the fiber and isn’t absorbed. Plus, an avocado is satisfying and filling.

Have a healthy Sunday! Tip: skip the chips and alcohol today at the football games and strive for avocado/guac with veggies instead- cucumbers, peppers, broccoli, carrot sticks.


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