Food of the Week: The Avocado

Me 2There’s no reason to be afraid of eating fats — as long as they’re the right fats. Says www.Health.com.

With this in mind, we bring to you the much loved but often overlooked Avocado! Studies show that oleic acid, a compound in avocados’ healthy monounsaturated fats (MUFAs), may trigger your body to actually quiet hunger. Stick to a quarter or a half of an avocado at a time and watch that belly fat melt away. The creamy fruit is also packed with fiber and protein.  Avocados are an excellent source of potassium (containing more per weight than bananas). In addition, avocados are rich in vitamin K, vitamin B, vitamin C, and vitamin E.

Note: Because of its higher fat content, the avocado is often used as a meat substitute in sandwiches and salads.

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Nutritional Breakdown of an Avocado from Medical News Today

Healthy fats – fats account for around three quarters of the calorie count of an avocado. Most of it is monounsaturated fat, in the form of oleic acid. Monounsaturated fat is considered to be a “good fat” which reduces levels of bad cholesterol in your blood and lowers your risk of stroke and heart disease.

Protein – an average avocado contains around 4 grams of protein, which is much more than most other fruits.

Sugar – avocado’s sugar content is low compared to other fruits. Half an avocado contains approximately 0.2 g of sugar.

Vitamins and minerals – avocados are an excellent source of potassium (containing more per weight than bananas). In addition, avocados are rich in vitamin K, Vitamin B9, vitamin B6, vitamin B5 vitamin C, and vitamin E.

Dietary fiber – a medium avocado contains 11 grams of fiber, which is close to half of the daily recommended minimum intake.

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Avocado Varieties

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