Health Benefits of Avocados

Health Benefits of Avocados

avocado.jpgI found myself wondering about avocado’s this week. They were in the store on sale, with bright orange “ripe” stickers on them. My sister in law LOVES them and eats them direct from the shell, so to speak. Me? I like some guacamole here and there but plain avocados? Not sure about that. They are squishy and that olive green color I just can’t bring myself to like.

But I bought a couple (that announced themselves to be “ripe”) and brought them home. I did try and eat on out of the shell like my sis-in-law does. I added salt. It was OK but I didn’t make it through.

Is avocado an acquired taste?

I finally grabbed the potato chips and scooped the rest out with those.

According to avocado.org:

  1. Avocados contain 81 micrograms of the carotenoid lutein, which some studies suggest may help maintain healthy eyes.
  2. Avocados are included in Fruits & Veggies-More Matters™ consumer educational program to promote increased consumption of fruits and vegetables for good health.
  3. Avocados contribute nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds that can contribute to the nutrient quality of your diet.
  4. Avocados, due to their mono and polyunsaturated fat content, are a healthy substitution for foods rich in saturated fat.
  5. One-fifth of a medium avocado (1 oz) has 50 calories and contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals making it a good nutrient choice.
  6. 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.

Check out avocado.org when you can. Lots of helpful info there. Hmmm. Think I’ll try and eat that second one anyway.

1Comment
  • Beverley of Baker Ave NW
    Posted at 16:02h, 03 February Reply

    I love Avocados! I scoop them right out of their shell! Yum. I love them in my salads and I love homemade guacamole! Yummmy.

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