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4 Nutritional Benefits You Didn’t Know About Avocados

Avocados are a delicious addition to any meal, but they also have a lot of nutritious benefits that few people know about. Check out these little-known nutritional facts about the avocado.

Avocados are a source of vitamins

It’s essential that you get your recommended intake of vitamins and minerals every day. Good news: Avocados From Mexico are nutrient-dense, with nearly 20 vitamins and minerals! One-third of a medium avocado contains 4 percent of your daily value of vitamin C, 4 percent of vitamin K, 4 percent of vitamin E, 4 percent of vitamin B6, and 6 percent of folic acid. Impressive, right?

Boost your mineral intake

Vitamins are just part of the nutritional boost you get from avocados. You also get a helping of minerals. In terms of minerals, 1/3 of a medium avocado (or 50 grams) gives you 2 percent of your daily-recommended magnesium, 150 milligrams of potassium, and 2 percent of copper.

Avocados contain good, unsaturated fats

More than 75% of the fat in avocados is unsaturated, or good fat. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends replacing bad fats with good fats. Good fats can help improve the intake of dietary fat without raising your “bad” cholesterol. Fascinating fat facts:

  • The body needs some fat to help with nutrient absorption.
  • Not all fats are created equal — there are good and bad fats.
  • The type and amount of fat you eat is key to a healthy diet.

Avocados are a source of fiber

Avocados are a good source of fiber. Dietary fiber adds bulk to the diet and can help you feel fuller faster and help manage weight. They’ll keep your stomach from growling in that midmorning meeting.

What are you waiting for? Try some Avocados From Mexico to help you feel and look better today and for the rest of your life.

By Barbara Ruhs, MD, RDN September 26, 2016

An avid avocado-eater and guacamole-lover, Barb is the Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist for Avocados From Mexico and former sports nutritionist for Harvard University. Her philosophy on food is simple: Enjoy what you eat, prepare food with love, and add avocados to everything! 

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