A to Avocados

by Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND

A to Avocados

Though they aren't sweet, avocados are actually fruit, and they have unheralded health benefits. Avocados provide heart-healthy folate; vitamins E, C, and B6 potassium; and soluble fiber. Their fat is mostly monounsaturated, the kind that's heart-healthy. And avocados have phytonutrient benefits: cholesterol-lowering plant sterols; glutathione, which works as an antioxidant potentially for cancer protection; and lutein, which promotes healthy vision. Ripe avocados are slightly soft to pressure from your paIm. Use them mashed as a spread, slivered and layered in sandwiches, or in a new recipe.

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Roberta L Duyff MS RDN FAND

Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND

Author of "Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, Fourth Edition" and "365 Days of Healthy Eating from the American Dietetic Association" (both published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New Jersey).




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