Though she’s now a licensed


Dr. Barbara Ruhs is no stranger to the struggles people of all ages have when it comes to nutritious living. As a child, she dealt with weight issues until the eighth grade, when she took on a paper route and began riding her bike to school. At the time, these simple changes didn’t seem like much.

But when the pounds started to come off, the light bulb came on for Barbara.

From that point forward, Barbara developed positive relationships with food and exercise that have carried her through to adulthood. She was so inspired by her experience that while attending Cornell University, she made it her mission to help others strike the same nutritious, fulfilling balance in their daily lives. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and went on to earn a master’s degree in nutrition from Boston University.


Now, as a registered dietitian and nutritionist, Barbara promotes nutritious living to her thousands of clients and followers through dietary counseling and food advocacy. Central to her teachings: The virtues of avocados. In fact, she’s so passionate about the benefits of this nutrient-dense fruit that she has partnered with Avocados From Mexico to serve as our resident avocado health expert.

Why is Barbara such


Here are just a few of the many reasons:

They’re packed with nutrients. Avocados have 4% potassium, 4% vitamin E, 4% vitamin B6, and 2 grams fiber. Better still, the levels of unsaturated or “good” fats contained in avocados help your body absorb nutrients like vitamins A, D, E, and K.

While most fruits contain at least 5 grams of sugar or more per serving, avocados contain less than 1 gram per serving.

They help you feel full. The dietary fiber in avocados helps you feel fuller longer, reducing the urge for unnecessary snacking. It also aids your digestive system in running smoothly.

They can help you meet your recommended intake of fruits and vegetables. Sometimes eating right can seem like a chore. But because avocados are an easy and tasty addition to any meal, they can help you meet the daily recommended five servings of fruits or vegetables without feeling deprived.