As much as we love our avocados they love us in return.
Packed full of nutrition and superfruit goodness as nature intended.
Good for the heart
Avocados are one of the few fruits that are also a healthy fat food. A 50g serve or a quarter of avocado contains just 6g of total fat that’s around the same amount of fat as in a teaspoon of cooking oil. Avocados are particularly rich in healthy monounsaturated fats. A healthy varied diet high in fruits and vegetables, such as avocado, has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and contribute to heart health. (Reference)
Rich in Vitamin C
Avocados are a rich source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is an amazing antioxidant contributing to cell protection from free radical damage.(1) Vitamin C is also needed for your skin, helping to build collagen which keeps your skin strong and elastic.(2) If you are vegetarian then vitamin C is needed to absorb iron from plant foods.(1)Another reason to add half an avocado to your dark salad greens. Half an avocado contains 13mg of vitamin C which is 32% of an adult’s RDI. (Reference)
Folate during pregnancy
Women of child bearing age need to consume at least 400 micrograms of folate per day at least the month before and three months after conception. A diet rich in folate including avocado may reduce the risk of foetal neural tube defects. A quarter of an avocado (50g) contains 60 micrograms of folate (30% of the regulatory RDI for folate for adults and 15% RDI for pregnant women based on 400ug). Remember to enjoy ¼ of an avocado four times a week or use an avocado a week. (Reference)
Good source of fibre
Avocados are a good source of dietary fibre. Fibre plays a vital role in maintaining good health and there are two types: soluble fibre and insoluble fibre. Soluble fibre can help reduce cholesterol re-absorption in the intestine,(6) while insoluble fibre helps maintain bowel function.(7) Eating 1/4 avocado (50g) will give you 2g of dietary fibre which is 7% of adult fibre needs. Remember to eat at least one avocado per week. (Reference)
Lovacado™ avocados are available at all good retailers and green grocers.
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