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Avocados: A Legitimately Healthy Food Craze

If avocados had a dating profile, I'd swipe right!

According to Telsey Advisory Group, a firm focused on evaluating the consumer market, avocado consumption in the United States has quadrupled since 2000. And, unlike many other health food crazes, avocados are actually good for you.

While it is true that avocados contain more calories and fat than other fruits or vegetables (one-fifth of an avocado contains 50 calories and 4.5 grams of fat), they also have many health benefits. Avocados contain heart healthy unsaturated fat, which can help lower cholesterol. In addition, they are packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber that are part of a healthy diet.

11 Health Benefits of Avacado

  1. Nutrient rich

  2. Healthy for the heart

  3. Great for vision

  4. Osteoporosis prevention

  5. Key role in cancer treatment

  6. Healthy babies

  7. Lower risk of depression

  8. Improved digestion

  9. Natural detoxification

  10. Antimicrobial action

  11. Protection from chronic disease

Can you eat to much though?

Like any foods, portion size is something to always be mindful of. An average avocado has 250 to 320 calories, depending on the size, and 20 grams of fat or more. While no real harm will come if you eat one every day, you need to keep in mind your daily needs based on your calorie diet. Let's say your on a 1,500 calorie diet, one avocado could contribute to close to 20% of your quota for the day.

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