What's the Scoop on Avocados?

Posted by Kaerrie Hall

Sep 16, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Add avocados to your diet for better heart health.

It’s the fruit you sometimes forget is a fruit! It’s the avocado and it’s good for you. Yes, it has fat. But it has the monounsaturated kind which helps promote healthy blood flow so it’s good for your heart. Studies have also shown avocados can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Avocados also contain fiber, potassium, magnesium, folate, and vitamins B6, C, E, and K. They are naturally cholesterol- and sodium-free and eating them with certain foods helps your body do a better job of absorbing the nutrients from those foods. For example, one study published in the Journal of Nutrition showed that adding avocados or avocado oil to salads or salsa enhanced the absorption of carotenoids (namely, lycopene, alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and lutein) from those vegetables. 

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Go Beyond the Guacamole!

Here are some great ways to add avocado to your diet. Just keep in mind to watch the calories as the average medium-sized avocado will contain about 230 to 235 calories.

  • Enjoy half an avocado as a side to eggs for breakfast in place of toast or potatoes

  • Add several slices of avocado to a salad or sandwich

  • Slice avocado, squeeze lemon or lime over it, and sprinkle with a little salt - magnificent!

  • Instead of a BLT, make an ALT, an avocado, lettuce, and tomato sandwich on toasted bread

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