Organic avocados of the Hass variety are the delicious choice for any type of avocado recipe. But they also have heart-healthy nutrients and monounsaturated fats, which helps lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and boost HDL (good) cholesterol.
Helps inhibit the absorption of cholesterol and promotes lower blood cholesterol levels2.
Promotes healthy cell and tissue development. Reduces the risk of birth defects and lowers homocysteine levels in the blood system.
Helps balance the body's electrolytes. Ounce per ounce, avocados contain 60 percent more potassium than bananas.
An antioxidant that slows down the aging process and protects against heart disease and various forms of cancer.
Acts as an antioxidant to neutralize free radicals that can cause cell damage and lead to disease3.
A carotenoid that protects against prostate cancer and eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration4.
Helps produce energy and is important for muscle contraction and relaxation.
Notes 1 U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. 2003.
USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 16.
Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page, http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp
2 Duester KC. Avocado fruit is a rich source of beta-sitosterol.
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3 Jones DP, Coates RJ, Flagg EW, Eley JW, Block G, Greenberg RS, Gunter EW, and Jackson B.
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4 U.S. Department of Agriculture and Nutrition Coordinating Center at University of Minnesota, 1998. USDA-NCC Carotenoid Database for U.S. Foods. Published at http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/Data/car98/car98.html