Avocados are a fruit in the berry family. They have very little carbohydrate and contain 4 grams of protein, which is the highest for any fruit. You can use them as a healthy, plant-based fat in many culinary applications from toast to sandwiches to dip.
Here are 5 messages from Lisa Andrews, MEd, RDN:
- Avocados grow in pairs on trees and are the Aztec sign for love and fertility.
- Avocados contain twice as much potassium than bananas (987 mg VS 487 mg).
- Avocados are ripest when the outer skin is black and gives a little bit to pressure when touched with a finger.
- Avocados are traditionally used in guacamole but can be added to salads or used as a butter substitute in recipes.
- Avocados are an excellent source of heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fat.
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