Ode to the Avocado

| May/June 2004

In the quest for a lean body or a healthy heart, many people see fat as a four-letter word. This fear can be taken too far, particularly when super nutritious, antioxidant-rich foods, like avocados, are viewed as off-limit, forbidden fruits. Actually, avocados should be near the top of your shopping list. Here’s why:

• Avocados are a source of heart-friendly monounsaturated fatty acids, vital vitamins and important minerals.

• A medium avocado (about 4 ounces) provides a powerful 500 mg of potassium, more than one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowance for folate (folic acid), and 10 percent or more of the RDA for iron, magnesium, beta-carotene and vitamins C, E and B6.

• Avocados contain more folate than any other fruit. They also possess powerful antioxidant activity and disease-fighting properties.

• Improving your diet and health can be a satisfying experience when your taste buds are treated to the rich taste and creamy texture of avocados.

• Avocados rival many other widely touted anti-aging foods, such as red wine and grapes. Avocados contain more lutein than any other fruit. This carotenoid provides powerful protection against cataracts and macular degeneration, major causes of blindness in the elderly.

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