Naturally good fats.
A great place to start.
You’ve probably heard about good fats and bad fats.
Without getting too technical, bad fats are saturated fats and trans fats, which are best to reduce in your diet or avoid altogether. Good fats, on the other hand, are polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, which our bodies need to function. These good fats also help keep our skin healthy and improve our ability to absorb fat-soluble nutrients from other foods.
Good polyunsaturated fats can be found naturally in things like vegetable oil, fish and seeds. Good monounsaturated fats can be found naturally in olive oil, nuts and, yes you guessed it, AVOCADOS! In fact, Avocados are the only fruit with the good fats we need. Plus, they’re completely cholesterol free, sugar fee and sodium free. And that’s only the beginning.
When you swap in good fats for bad fats, you’re well on your way to a healthier diet and a happier heart.
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So simple yet so powerful, avocados are packed with plenty of nourishment.
Each serving — about one third of a medium-sized avocado — is loaded with a healthy variety of essential vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, including vitamin E, vitamin C, folate, magnesium, potassium, iron and lutein. Avocados are also an good source of dietary fiber, a key ingredient for digestive health, weight management and lowering cholesterol.
Having just one serving of avocado a day provides 12% of your recommended daily fiber intake. That’s one phenomenal fruit. All of these benefits lead to a healthier heart!
Getting your kids to eat healthy is a whole lot easier when they’re all for it.
Bright, tasty and totally smushable, Avocados are a great way to get extra nutrients and brain fuel into the bodies of your little ones, whatever age they may be. Especially before they’re born. As most moms-to-be are well aware, folate is an essential part of healthy brain development and can help prevent certain birth defects. What’s not as well known, is that one third of an avocado contains 10% of the recommended daily value of folate. That’s a healthy and tasty contribution to any pregnancy nutrition plan.
As one of the first fresh fruits babies can enjoy in their early months, avocados are an easy way to provide nutrient dense spoonfuls that will be eagerly gobbled up and not pushed back at you. In addition to the essential vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients in avocados, each 50 gram serving (1/3 of an avocado) has 6 grams of unsaturated fats, which contribute to healthy growth of the central nervous system and brain. Smart all around. Here are a few recipes to get your baby going.
Of course, the older the kids get, the more options there are. Whether it’s avocado spread on toast, or layered onto a cheese sandwich, or mixed into a chicken salad wrap, these versatile green wonders can be a welcome addition to any mealtime — for your kids and for you.
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How to go avocado.
When you’ve got a few avocados handy, making healthy choices doesn’t need to be a chore. Check out these simple substitutions that can turn “so-so” meals into super good for you “go-to” meals that are quick and easy, morning, noon or night.
Substitute bread for avocados for a delicious breakfast.
Substitute butter for avocados for a tasty snacktime surprise.
Substitute cheese for sliced avocado for a great BBQ treat.
Avocados Add Up
The following chart compares the nutritional value of avocados to various other creamy spread and dip options.
|Serving Size||Calories||Total Fat (g)|
|Sour Cream||2 tbsp||45||4.5|
|Cheddar Cheese||1 oz.(1 slice)||110||9|
Reference: USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 26 (2013). Nutritional values are for the item listed only; not as consumed with other foods or ingredients.