What are the nutritional benefits of avocados?

Dr. Rovenia Brock, PhD
Nutrition & Dietetics
They’re probably on your “fat foods” list, but did you know that avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats that have compounds to protect against cancer? In fact, they’re loaded with antioxidants lutein, vitamin E, and beta-carotene, helping your body to absorb phytochemicals from other foods for better health.

Add an avocado to salads, side dishes, and homemade juicing recipes. Spread some on a sandwich in place of mayo, or add slices with sliced tomato, mushrooms, and red onion. Be creative, but put avocado back on the grocery list. Your body will thank you later.
Doreen Rodo
Nutrition & Dietetics

Researchers found that avocados, which have the antioxidant glutathione, are helpful in the prevention of breast, colon and oral cancer. Avocados are high in monounsaturated fats which help to lower cholesterol and keep the heart healthy. They are a good source of folate which helps your heart and prevents strokes. Vitamin E is also present in avocados and it is important in promoting good overall health. So slice and avocado on a salad every day. It adds a wonderful flavor and has enormous health benefits.

While avocados do contain fat, the majority is monounsaturated -- the same type of fat found in olive oil. One serving (1/4 of an avocado) has 5 grams of fat and 56 calories. Avocados also contain vitamin E, vitamin C, folate and potassium. 

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