Just like fresh fruits and vegetables in general, eating avocados is associated with a number of nutritional benefits. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, along with shifting to foods that are nutrient-dense, it is also suggested to shift to reducing saturated fats to less than 10 percent of calories per day. Individuals should aim to shift food choices from those high in saturated fats to those contributing polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. Here are a few other reasons to enjoy your favorite green fruit:
- Avocados contribute good fats like monounsaturated (5g) and polyunsaturated fats (1g) per 50g serving, or one-third of a medium avocado.
- Avocados are a good source of fiber, containing 11% of the daily value and are a great way to add variety to the diet. Dietary fiber from fruit, as part of an overall healthy diet, helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease.
- Avocados contribute 250mg (6% DV) of potassium per 50g serving of a medium avocado, which works to help offset some of the harmful effects of sodium on blood pressure.