Nutrition Focus – Avocado

Health Facts – Avocados

Avocado: Avocados are very nutritious and contain a wide variety of nutrients, including 20 different vitamins and minerals.

Avocados are full of nutrients. They are an excellent source of monounsaturated fat and vitamin E. Avocados are however high in calories due to the high fat content. Half an avocado counts as one portion of your 5-a day.

This is just something to consider if you are on a calorie controlled diet. However the fat content of avocados can lead to feelings of satiety which can help with appetite regulation.

Avocados have more soluble fibre than other fruit and contain a number of useful minerals such as iron, copper and potassium and are a good source of the B vitamin, folate.

Avocados are a source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. 100g of avocado contains about 19g of fat, of which 12g are monounsaturated fats (only 4g of saturated fat).

The guidance around the types of fat we should be consuming for a healthy diet is ever changing. Currently, it is recommended that we choose unsaturated fats such as monounsaturated fat (like that found in avocados) as they are supposedly better for heart health than saturated fat.

Research suggests that monounsaturated fat helps to protect against heart disease and lowers blood pressure.

The oils provided by an avocado include oleic acid and linoleic acid and are therefore recommended as part of a balanced diet to prevent high cholesterol.

Avocados truly are a Superfood and I fully recommend you get them added to your diet if you haven’t already.

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