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Healthy Foods: Avocado

Why They're Healthy:

Avocados contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals including potassium, vitamin E, vitamin C, B vitamins, and folic acid. They are rich sources of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and dietary fiber with roughly 50 calories per 1-ounce serving. The high fat content of avocados promotes satiety, helps regulate blood sugar, aids in hormone regulation, and in the absorption of essential fat-soluble vitamins.
High avocado intake was shown in one preliminary study to lower blood cholesterol levels. Specifically, after a seven-day diet rich in avocados, mild hypercholesterolemia patients showed a 17% decrease in total serum cholesterol levels.

Quick Tip:

Try using avocado instead of butter to make baked goods, such as banana bread, for a cholesterol-free, heart-healthy alternative to saturated fat.
Mayonnaise can also be substituted with avocado to cut the fat in half, but keep all the creamy goodness of classic egg salad or chicken salad.

A Recipe with Avacodo

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