Benefits of Avocados : Team Avocado

By: Team Avocado  06-Dec-2011

The Avocado - Info for Avo Lovers.  They can help with weight loss, heart disease, have antioxident properties, contain lutein and are great for babies.

Because of their density, avocados, like bananas, are filling. But they are also a perfectly digestible slow-burning fuel, making them ideal for replenishing nutrients for athletes. They are  a great source of fruit oil and digestible fats, and they make excellent and healthy dips for raw vegetables. When blended with fruit, they make particularly nutritious baby food.

 Avocados are also called alligator pears because of their shape and the color of their skin. there are over four hundred varieties of avocado found throughout the world, New Zealand, Mexico and South America, Chile, to name a few. After planting an avocado tree, youll have to wait two to three years for it to bear fruit, but its worth the wait.

Did You Know......

  • Avocados contain 81 micrograms of the carotenoid lutein, which some studies suggest may help maintain healthy eyes.
  • Avocados are included in Fruits &Veggies More Matters TM consumer educational program to promote increased consumption of fruits and vegetables for good health.
  • Avocados contribute nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds that can contribute to the nutrient quality of your diet.
  • Avocados, due to their mono and polyunsaturated fat content, are a healthy substitution for foods rich in saturated fat.
  • One-fifth of a medium avocado (1 oz) has 50 calories and contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals making it a good nutrient choice.
  • Avocados contain 76 milligrams beta-sitosterol in a 3-oz serving of avocado. Beta-sitosterol is a natural plant sterol which may help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

Avocados for Babies

The avocados smooth, creamy consistency makes it one of the first fresh fruits a baby can enjoy. Sodium- and cholesterol- free, avocados contain valuable nutrients including 8% of the recommended Daily Value (DV) for folate; 4% DV forfiber and potassium, 4% DV for vitamin E; and 2% DV for iron. A serving of avocado also contains 81 micrograms of the carotenoid lutein and 19 micrograms of beta-carotene. Per serving, avocado shave 3.5 grams of unsaturated fats, which are known to be important for normal growth and development of the central nervous system and brain.

Avocados and Heart Disease:

Avocados can help you meet the dietary guidelines of the New Zealand Heart Foundation, which are to eat a diet that is low to moderate in fat. The fats should be primarily unsaturated and low in saturated fat and cholesterol. The avocado is virtually the only fruit that has monounsaturated fat. Avocados help assist consumers in meeting a major dietary goal of reducing saturated fat in the diet, when they are consumed in place of saturated-fat containing foods.

Avocado and Weight Loss/Maintenance:

When used instead of other fats, avocados contribute nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients and can be part of a calorie-reduced diet.

Avocados can be a satisfying addition to a calorie-reduced diet, when they are eaten in lieu of other fats.

When enjoyed in place of other fats, avocados can be a satisfying addition to a calorie-controlled diet.

Avocados and Lutein:

Avocados are a good way to get more lutein in the diet. An ounce of avocado contains 81 micrograms of lutein. Lutein has been shown to be concentrated in the Macula of the eye, and research suggests that it may help maintain healthy eyesight as we age.

Lutein is a natural antioxidant that may help maintain eye health as we get older. By adding avocado to foods like salads, salsa, soups or sandwiches you can get more of the phytonutrient lutein in your diet.