I arrived home for the holidays to an enormous basket of Avocados…of course, it’s California. We love our Avocados here. For some reason I have never loved them, but I know how amazing they are for you, and if someone chops one up for me to eat with a salad, or creates a killer guacamole dip for me to dress my vegetables or crackers in, then I’m all for it. Whether you love em, like em, or hate em, here are some of the nutrition facts and health benefits of these lovely green ovals.
Nutritional Profile: Avocados are a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins C, K, folate, and B6. Half an avocado has 160 calories, 15 grams of heart-healthy unsaturated fat, and only 2 grams saturated fat. One globe contains more than one-third daily value of vitamin C, and more than half the day’s requirements of vitamin K.
My thoughts: This food is what I call a twofer in the health food world. You are getting protein and fiber in one. Okay, now that I think about it, this is really a multifer. You get protein, fiber, essential fats your body needs for optimal functioning (i.e., contains omega 3’s that boost levels of HDL, which ultimately protects your heart and helps prevent diabetes), and oh so much more. Like what you ask? Well, this food is also high in carotenoids…what the hell does that mean? Yeah, I wondered the same thing, when it comes down to it, foods high in carotenoids deliver quality vitamin A to your body, thereby protecting eye health, enhance functioning of the immune system, AND promoting healthy functioning of the reproductive system (i.e., they protect your unborn baby). What else? Well they are also anti-inflammatory, meaning they help prevent or mitigate against both osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis. Okay, one last thing, these green ovals also protect against heart disease. But remember, like most healthy fats, a little goes a long way. How much is necessary? Personally, I could eat a whole one of these in one sitting, but all you really need is ¼ to ½ of a medium sized avocado or about ½ a cup. Oh no! So what do you do if you eat more than that? Don’t freak out, enjoy the wonderful food, and maybe go light on the olive oil that day, or just eat a few less nuts.
For more on Avocado’s click here for a fun article highlighting facts you probably didn’t know about this superhero of fruits (yes, technically it’s a fruit!). For those of you short on time, here’s the list of facts:
- An Avocado Is A Fruit, And More Specifically A Berry
- An Avocado Has More Potassium Than A Banana
- They’ll Ripen More Quickly With A Banana Or An Apple Around
- Avocados Are One Of A Few High-Protein Fruits
- You Can Swap Them Into Baked Goods Recipes For Butter
- You Don’t Have To Eat Them To Reap Their Benefits