Avocado Anyone?

Aaaaaavocado - The silky, smooth fruit that stars in guacamole...

Surprisingly, you can also find it replacing butter in baked goods, topping off burgers & sandwiches, making smoothies silkier, and starring in many other Recipes!

Top 10 Reasons To Make Avocado Your Star 

1.  It's Packed With Nutrition

  • Vitamins – E, B6, C, Thiamine, Niacin, Riboflavin, Folate, Pantothenic Acid
  • Minerals – Iron, Phosphorus, Zinc, Manganese, Copper, Magnesium, Potassium
  • Phytonutrients – Lutein & Zeaxanthin
  • Healthy Fat – Monounsaturated & Polyunsaturated
  • Fiber - Soluble & Insoluble
  • Phytosterols – Plant sterols & Stanol Esters

2.   It Makes You Feel Fuller Longer

  • The increased healthy fat and fiber help you feel full and satisfied longer, which can reduce the desire to eat again shortly after a meal. 

3.   It Can Improve Your Cholesterol

  • Phytosterols help lower cholesterol by using the same absorption sites as cholesterol during digestion, which causes less cholesterol to be absorbed. 
  • Small studies showed that a higher intake of avocado showed decreases in LDL cholesterol and triglycerides with an increase in heart protective HDL cholesterol.

4.   It's Heart Friendly

  • A study showed that when avocado was served with a lean beef burger, the production of interleukin-6, a heart disease related inflammatory marker, was blocked.

5.   It’s Easy On The Eyes

  • Phytonutrients, Lutein and zeaxanthin, are known to reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. 
  • Both lutein and zeaxanthin are considered “essential” because the body cannot produce them, which means they must be eaten.

6.  A Little Goes A Long Way

  • 50 calories for one fifth of a medium avocado or one ounce, is a small price to pay for the creamy texture and bold flavor that is added to your meal or snack. 

7.  It's A Nutrition Assistant For Vitamins

  • The healthy fat assists the body in absorbing or producing the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.
  • Avocado helps the body absorb beta-carotene, which is ultimately converted into Vitamin A.  
  • A study showed that carrots produced 12 times more Vitamin A and tomatoes produced 4 times more Vitamin A when eaten with avocado.

8.  It's a Potassium Powerhouse

  • Potassium one of the electrolytes that helps maintain normal water balance, cardiac. function, and energy storage (glycogen) in our muscles.
  • DRI (dietary reference intake) for 14-70+ years is 4700-5100 mg (milligrams) daily depending on pregnancy or lactation.
  • One-fifth of a medium avocado provides 150 mg of potassium. 

9.  It Provides Fabulous Folate

  • Adequate intake before and during pregnancy is important for normal cell division.
  • Studies show low folate intake by older adults may contribute to reduced cognition.
  • DRI for 19–70+ years is 400–600 µg (micrograms) depending on pregnancy or lactation.
  • One-fifth of a medium avocado provides 27 µg.

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