Keep It Seasonal: Avocados

Heart-healthy avocados have a far-reaching range of health benefits.

Heart-healthy avocados have a far-reaching range of health benefits.

Avocados are fruits from the Persea americana evergreen tree.  The flesh beneath its hard shell is smooth and buttery, not to mention ultra-healthy.  Not only is the avocado packed with a variety carotenoids itself, but its high monounsaturated fat content (aka the good, heart-healthy fat) also increase the absorption rate of carotenoids from other vegetables into the blood stream.  In addition, avocados are a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins C, K, folate and B6.  Avocado are peeled and pitted and eaten raw.  They are great on salads and sandwiches.

Photo courtesy of Persea americana at Biopix.

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