Healthy Fats: Avocado

Avocados are commonly peoples favorite thing to eat these days.  Mixed well into dips or to eat by itself and most commonly known as the main ingredient in guacamole.  Avocado is what we like to call “natures butter”.

The more technical explanation of an Avocado: The avocado is a tree native to Mexico and Central America, classified in the flowering plantfamily Lauraceae along with cinnamon, camphor and bay laurel. Avocado or alligator pear also refers to the fruit, botanically a large berry that contains a single seed.

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Nowadays, Avocados are commercially valuable and are cultivated in tropical and Mediterranean climates throughout the world. They have a green-skinned, fleshy body that may be pear-shaped, egg-shaped, or spherical and are one of the most beautiful fruits when cut in half with their very recognizable large pit in the middle.

Benefits

A typical serving of avocado is moderate to rich in several B vitamins and vitamin K, with good content of vitamin C, vitamin E and potassium.  Avocados have diverse fats that are an excellent source for fats for the human body:

  • About 75% of an avocado’s energy comes from fat
  • Loaded With Heart-Healthy Monounsaturated Fatty Acids
  • They Contain More Potassium Than Bananas
  • Fiber is another nutrient found in relatively large amounts in avocado.
  • Avocados Are Loaded With Powerful Antioxidants That Can Protect The Eyes

 

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