Here’s to your health! The avocado, one of nature’s best nutrient-packed fruits, is one fruit that should be on the top of your list when heading to the grocery store. The Hass Avocado Board has highlighted the many reasons why this heart-healthy fruit packs a powerful nutrient punch, each and every time. Slice some on your salad, make a fresh batch of guacamole, or mash it with banana when introducing solids to your baby!
The Mighty Avocado
- One-fifth of a medium avocado (1 oz) has 50 calories and contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals making it a good nutrient choice.
- Avocados contribute nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are thought to help prevent many chronic diseases.
- Avocados act as a “nutrient booster” by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha- and beta-carotene as well as lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit.
- Avocados contribute good fats (poly and monounsaturated fats) to one’s diet, providing 3 grams monounsaturated fat and 0.5 polyunsaturated grams fat per 1 oz. serving.
- Avocados, due to their mono and polyunsaturated fat content, are a great substitution for foods rich in saturated fat.
- Avocados contain 76 milligrams beta-sitosterol in a 3-oz serving of avocado. Beta-sitosterol is a natural plant sterol which may help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
- Avocados can help consumers meet the dietary guidelines of the American Heart Association, which are to eat a diet that is low to moderate in fat. The fats should be primarily unsaturated and low in saturated fat and cholesterol. The avocado is virtually the only fruit that has monounsaturated fat.
- Avocados are cholesterol- and sodium-free, and more than 50 percent of the fruit’s fat content comes from monounsaturated fats.
*Facts provided by the Hass Avocado Board.