Ode to the Avocado

I LOVE avocados!  They are great in place of mayo or mustard on a sandwich, cubed and topping a bowl of chili or veggie soup or smeared in a breakfast burrito.

Not only is a tasty fruit, it has a bunch of health benefits!

  • Avocados contribute good fats to one’s diet, providing 3 grams monounsaturated fat and 0.5 polyunsaturated grams fat per 1-oz. serving.
  • An ounce of avocado contains 81 micrograms of lutein. Lutein has been shown to be concentrated in the macula of the eye, and research suggests that it may help maintain healthy eyesight as we age.
  • Avocados can be a satisfying addition to a calorie-reduced diet, when they are eaten in lieu of other fats.
  • Avocados are a nutrient-dense fruit and a source of good fats—both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. One-fifth of a medium avocado (1 oz) has 50 calories and nearly 20 vitamins and minerals.

For more healthy facts, recipes and tips on adding avocados into your diet, visit http://www.avocadocentral.com/.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

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