A to Avocados

A to Avocados

Although they aren't sweet, avocados are actually fruit and 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 work as an antioxidant potentially for cancer protection, and lutein promoting healthy vision. 

Ripe avocados are slightly soft to pressure from your palm. Use them mashed as a spread, slivered and layered in sandwiches, or in a new recipe.

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