Avocados are a delicious fruit, which is actually further classified as a berry! Although they are often prepared and added to meals as a vegetable. Some even consider it one of the best choices in health foods. If you eat half a medium sized avocado you will find it very filling with 15 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fatty acids, no cholesterol, and about 160 calories!
Some interesting things you might not have known about avocados.
- Avocados are high in healthy fats and protein and are one of the few fruits, besides olives that has fat content.
- Avocados are surprisingly high in fiber! One avocado has more than half your daily fiber needs! This is probably more fiber than your whole grain toast.
- Due to avocados buttery texture, you can often supplement avocados in recipes and meals when you need a smooth and creamy texture. In many cookies and brownie recipes you can actually replace part of the oil or fat with avocado for a surprisingly neutral flavor profile.
- Avocados are also a good source of vitamin C! Although not what we typically think of typical vitamin C rich foods like oranges and lemons but still a good source. One avocado has 33 percent of your daily needs! So next time you want to help shorten the length of that cold, think of adding avocado to your toast or smoothie!
- Vitamin K is a nutrient essential for making proteins that cause your blood to coagulate or clot and helps your body make proteins for organs and bones. A single avocado has 53 percent of your daily vitamin K requirements!
- 28 percent of your daily potassium, 26 percent of vitamin B6, and 21 percent of vitamin E and 41 percent of daily folate needs makes this a super nutritious fruit.
- Don’t stress about the fat content of avocados, the fats found in avocados include omega 3 and 6, as well as poly and monounsaturated fatty acids. These fats are essential for health and well-being and may help to lower blood cholesterol levels.
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