Monday, April 13, 2009

Sensational Snack: Avocados

If you ask around you'll be hard pressed to find many people that don't like avocados in some way, shape, or form. From a fresh slice in your salad to guacamole for dipping, avocados add fantastic taste to many dishes!

As one of my favorite fruits I have to be careful with eating avocados since they are higher in calories and fat. However, those calories and fat pack a major healthy punch.



Check out some of the great health benefits of avocados:
  • Avocados are full of mono and poly-unsaturated fats. These fats help lower your LDL (bad cholesterol), especially mono-unsaturated fat.
  • Avocados contribute nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, including 4% of the recommended Daily Value (DV) for vitamin E, 4% vitamin C, 8% folate, 4% fiber, 2% iron, 4% potassium, with 81 micrograms of lutein and 19 micrograms of beta-carotene.
  • Avocados contain 81 micrograms of the carotenoid lutein, which some studies suggest may help maintain healthy eyes.
  • Avocados are a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps regulate blood pressure.




For more info check out my sources!

World's Healthiest Foods: Avocados
www.Avocado.org
Great Web MD article on avocados

2 comments:

  1. If you have an occasion to indulge with friends, try Deena Kastor's avocado enchiladas:

    http://www.deenakastor.com/recipe_print.php?num=6

    If you get a chance to watch "Spriit of the Marathon," you can watch her making these in one of the "deleted scenes" on the DVD.

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  2. Wow that sounds delicious. I'll have to try it. Thanks for the tip!

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