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Food focus - avocadoes

Last Updated: 14 December 2018

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Food focus - avocadoes

Spread on toast, blitzed in smoothies and enjoyed as a dairy alternative in chocolate desserts,  the avocado has climbed up the ranks of super foods steadily over the past few years. But what makes this fruit (yes, it is technically a fruit) so special? And is it simply a foodie fad?

Avocadoes (also known as alligator pears or butter fruit) are the only type of fruit to contain significant amounts of monounsaturated fats (the good type of fats). The creamy fruit also contains good levels of vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, as well as the B vitamins riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid and magnesium and potassium. 

 

While many dieters are often put off by the calorie content of this decadent tasting fruit (half an avocado contains around 150 calories), studies have shown links between higher intakes of monounsaturated fats like the ones found in avocadoes and reduced body weight, lower levels of cholesterol, and better heart health. In addition to this, the high fibre content of avocado can not only help to maintain a healthy digestive system, but can also contribute to a feeling of fullness, helping with weight management. 

 

So instead of shying away from this buttery fruit, enjoy it instead of butter, in salads or in a smoothie like the one in our recipe of the month. 

 

 

Written by Ruth Tongue
(MSc Nutrition)
 

Categories:
Nutrition
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