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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Indeed, avocados are much like a creamy dairy product that grows on trees. They contain a surprising amount of fat(about 15 grams per half)but fortunately, almost all of that fat is the monounsaturated kind (the same kind found in olive oil)that is believed to be good for the heart. They're also loaded with potassium, fiber and disease-fighting nutrients. Known for their deliciously rich flavor, Research shows that avocados rank highest in the following phytochemicals and nutrients and are among the 20 most frequently consumed fruits:

Lutein: Protects against prostate cancer and eye disease such as cataracts and macular degeneration.

VitaminE: A powerful antioxidant known to slow the aging process and protect against heart disease and various forms of cancer.

Glutathione: Functions as an antioxidant like vitaminE to neutralize free radicals that can cause cell damage and lead to disease.

Beta-sitosterol: Lowers blood cholesterol levels. Avocados contain four times as much betasitosterol as oranges, previously reported as the highest fruit source of this phytochemical.

Monounsaturated fats: Heart-healthy fats proven to help lower LDL(bad cholesterol and boost HDL(good)cholesterol.

Folate: Promotes healthy cell and tissue development. Folate is especially important for woman of child bearing age as it helps protect against birth defects.

Potassium: Helps balance the body’s electrolytes. Avocados contain 60 percent more potassium than bananas.

Magnesium:Helps produce energy and is important for muscle contraction and relaxation.

Fiber:Lowers cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart attack.

So eat some Avocados today!! Yum.

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