Disclosure: I have been compensated by Hass Avocados to share nutritional facts and my love for Hass avocados. My opinion and love of avocados is my own and real.
Remember when people were scared of foods high in fat?
As researchers learn more about natural foods with good fats, we better understand the benefits of these once seen as “bad foods”. Turns out, the natural fats found in food are actually good for us, such as the fabulous good for you fats found in one avocado.
Avocados contain naturally good monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fats which replaces saturated fat. These naturally good fats are an important part of a healthy diet and help reduce cholesterol.
As reported in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
“Replacing some saturated fatty acids with unsaturated fatty acids lowers both total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) blood cholesterol levels. Studies show replacing saturated fat with unsaturated fat, while staying within calorie needs, is more effective in reducing the risk of heart disease than simply lowering total fat intake. Research also supports the importance of improving the fat quality of the diet by choosing better fats like monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are associated with improved blood lipids.”
As a runner, I understand the importance of fueling my body with the right foods. I choose foods that replenish my body with nutrients which are depleted after a long run or intense workout. Natural foods like avocados offer repairing properties at the cellular level. One-fifth of a medium avocado (1 oz.) has 50 calories and contributes nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, making it a good choice to help meet nutrient needs.
Besides making delicious guacamole, a few slices of Hass avocado makes a great toppings for so many meals, such as salads, soups or sandwiches. Try a Hass avocado in smoothie or even use it as a baking substitute to replace butter or vegetable oil. Visit Love One Today to discover additional recipes and other great ways to use avocados.
Of course, I enjoy eating Hass avocados as a snack right out of the peel. My kids are fascinated when I use a grapefruit spoon to scoop out the pit and devour creamy avocado flesh like a pudding cup. With my silly, yet simple snack method of eating a Hass avocado, I’m modeling good eating habits which ultimately is the best way to teach our children healthy eating.
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