Being a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, avocados are among the healthiest fruits on the planet. A single 40 gram serving of avocado offers 6 grams of fat, 64 calories, 3 grams of fiber and less than 1 gram of sugar.
According to Dr. Donald Hensrud, medical director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program in Rochester, Minnesota, and a specialist in nutrition and preventive medicine:
“Avocados are a fruit and one of the few fruits that are high in fat and low in sugar. Along with nuts, olive oil, and canola oil, the fat content in avocados are predominantly monounsaturated fat, which is responsible for many health benefits.
Avocados also contain other nutrients including B vitamins, vitamin E, vitamin C, copper and fiber, which add to their health benefits. They have a higher potassium content than bananas.”
Avocados are abundant in vitamin K, so they improve bone health and prevent osteoporosis, while the high folate content prevents the development of cervical, pancreatic, colon and stomach cancer, and lowers the risk of neural tube defects and miscarriage.
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