Avocado Nutrition Facts
There's more to Fresh California Avocados than great taste.
Beyond their delectable flavor, avocados can be part of a healthful diet. In fact, one-fifth of a medium avocado (1 oz.) has 50 calories and contributes nearly 20 beneficial nutrients to the diet.
Naturally sodium-free and cholesterol-free, California Avocados act as a nutrient booster by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha- and beta-carotene as well as lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit.
According to the American Heart Association, mono and polyunsaturated fats, when consumed in moderation and eaten in place of saturated or trans fats, can help reduce blood cholesterol levels and decrease risk for heart disease. Avocados are one of the few fruits (yes, they are really a fruit) that provide “good” fats (0.5g Poly and 3g Mono per 1 oz. serving ). According to David Heber, M.D., director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles, “Increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables can reduce heart disease by providing heart healthy nutrients and phytonutrients such as the monounsaturated fat and lutein in avocados. Compared to other commonly eaten fruits, California Avocados rank highest in lutein, which acts as an antioxidant and betasitosterol, which may block cholesterol absorption.”
Fresh California avocado on sandwiches and toast in place of many other popular foods can reduce your intake of cholesterol, calories, fat, saturated fat and sodium.
While California Avocados pack a nutrient punch with nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, the creamy texture of the fruit also gives dishes a delicious taste.