Courtesy of Healthsomeness.com
If you take a look at the nutritional profile of an avocado, you will be very impressed. It contains almost every single common vitamin and mineral that you can think of, including vitamins A, C, E & K, the B vitamins, potassium, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus and iron.
Commonly mistaken for being a vegetable, the avocado is in fact a fruit. And like most fruits, avocados contain a fair amount of carbohydrate. The majority of this is in the form of dietary fiber, with your average avocado providing you with 14 g.
Unlike most fruits however, avocados are also high in fat, most of which is in the form of heart healthy monounsaturated fat. It is for this reason avocados are quite energy dense, with a 200 g avocado having 320 calories.
Many nutrients like vitamins A, D, E and K are fat soluble, which is why it is often recommended that you eat an avocado together with foods that are high in these vitamins, in order to increase absorption rates.
Some of the benefits associated with eating avocados include their ability to lower cholesterol levels, protect your eye health, prevent cancer and assist with weight management.
There’s plenty of ways to enjoy avocados: mash them up and spread them over toast like you would ordinary butter, add them to smoothies or use them to prepare fresh guacamole.