From Fat to Fad


You’ve seen the commercials. You’ve heard the testimonials. You’ve probably even tried them for yourself: avocadoes. It’s true that years ago, the avocado was considered a “fatty” food, and it certainly wasn’t promoted for its health benefits. Today, health-conscious restaurants promote the fruit, health professionals advise you partake, and individuals dedicated to “clean” eating can’t get enough.

So, what brought about the recent shift of avocados from fat to fad? The following are just some of the reasons:

  1. They contain “healthy” fat. The majority of the fat found in avocados is monounsaturated fat, or the “good fat.” It helps lower your cholesterol, keeps your heart in check, and decreases your risk of heart disease and stroke.
  2. They fill you up. At 12 grams of fiber, a medium-sized avocado contains nearly half the daily recommended dose. So, eat up.
  3. They have vitamins. And a lot of them. In addition to vitamins A, B, C, and E, avocados contain more potassium than a medium-sized banana.
  4. Avocados have protein. Four full grams of protein, which is more than most any other fruit. In fact, you can substitute meat on a sandwich or a salad for an avocado.

Now that you know avocados are fatty—but also “faddy”—don’t be afraid to add them into your daily diet. Try one of our heart-healthy omelets with avocado today!

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